The Future of World Religions: Will the future belong to Islam?

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    The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

    Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the World’s Population



    The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 …

    The number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.

    Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.

    The global Buddhist population will be about the same size it was in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.

    In Europe, Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population.

    India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.

    In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.

    Four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.

    These are among the global religious trends highlighted in new demographic projections by the Pew Research Center. The projections take into account the current size and geographic distribution of the world’s major religions, age differences, fertility and mortality rates, international migration and patterns in conversion.

    The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
     
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    Rashna Senior Member Senior Member

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    @DingDong

    You may kindly read this thread.

    Your point that atheism is set to rock the world is not supported by this research. If you now want to share some wisdom about how and why you perceive that RSS ideology will stop us from becoming home to the largest muslim population of the world beating even Indonesia, then this is the right place.

    All views are welcome. Healthy discussion is the motive. Let's go:thumb:
     
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    Only reason Islam seems to be growing is because of the "fertility" and "Forced conversions". The truth is, there are far more converts out of Islam than into it. Islam will die its natural death like any organised religion, its only a matter of time.
     
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    Christianity has long been the world’s largest religion by far, but the population of Muslims is growing so fast that they will match Christians by the year 2070 and outnumber them by the end of the century, according to a report released Thursday that projects the global religious future.

    The report, from the Pew Research Center, projects a vibrantly religious planet, not the withering away of religion predicted by some futurists. The reason is not that religious groups will win significantly more converts, but simply that religious adherents are younger and have more children than secular people.

    Those demographic factors will drive the growth of Islam because Muslims are the youngest and have the highest fertility rates of any religious group, the report says.


    In the United States, the spread of secularism will probably continue: Those who claim no religion will make up about a quarter of the population by 2050 — an increase from 16 percent in 2010. Christianity will have the biggest losses, with its share of the American population declining to 66 percent in 2050 from 78 percent in 2010, according to the projections in the report.

    The number of Muslims in the United States will surpass that of Jews (at least those who claim “Jewish” as their religious identity) by 2035, but both groups will remain tiny portions of the American religious landscape, Conrad Hackett, the lead researcher and demographer for the Pew report, said in an interview.

    In Europe, the percentage of Muslims will rise to about 10 percent from about 6 percent of the population in the four decades from 2010 to 2050. That is a significant minority, but the picture is hardly that of the Muslim-dominated “Eurabia” that some nativist and anti-immigrant groups in Europe have warned of.

    “We just don’t see that happening,” Dr. Hackett said.

    He said that within one or two generations of arriving in Europe, Muslim immigrants — like immigrants in general — tended to leave behind the high fertility rates of their home countries and had smaller families, much like other Europeans.

    “In the next generation or two, those immigrant families increasingly look like other families,” Dr. Hackett said.

    The report, six years in the making, projects the change in religious affiliation from 2010 to 2050 by region and by country. Its projections draw on mortality and fertility rates, age assessments and patterns of migration and religious switching. The data came from more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers from all over the world.

    “Wars, famines, religious revival and all kinds of things could change the picture,” Dr. Hackett said.

    Demographers, religious leaders and policy makers are likely to pore over the results, said David Voas, a professor of population studies at the University of Essex who looks at religious trends. He has read the report and has provided comment for its authors.

    “This is the most authoritative analysis we’ve had at the global level of the future of the religious population,” Dr. Voas said. “It will provide a good foundation for debates and give people a clearer picture of what’s likely to happen.”

    The biggest uncertainty is what will happen in China, the most populous country, whose 1.3 billion people have a tremendous effect on global trends. So many churches there are underground and not approved by the government that reliable figures on religious affiliation and switching are not available, the researchers said.

    They estimated that in 2010, about 5 percent of China’s population was Christian, 18 percent was Buddhist, 22 percent practiced folk religions and more than 50 percent had no religious affiliation. If notable percentages of China’s unaffiliated converted to Christianity — as some religion scholars predict — the global religious projections could change significantly.

    “It’s undoubtedly the case that the current government in China has been keeping the lid on religious growth,” Dr. Voas said in a telephone interview. “If at some point in the next few decades there are political changes in China that open up the country to more religious freedom, I think it’s not implausible that there would be a significant growth in Christianity, in particular, but perhaps other religious movements as well.”

    The shift in Christianity — from a faith identified as belonging to white Westerners to a faith belonging to Africans, Asians and Latin Americans in the global south — will intensify in the next 35 years, the report says.

    Now, about 25 percent of the world’s Christians live in sub-Saharan Africa, a trend already affecting debates over leadership and direction in churches such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion and the United Methodist Church.

    By 2050, four of 10 Christians in the world are expected to live in sub-Saharan Africa. Even though the Muslim share of the population there will grow slightly faster than the Christian share, Christianity will still be the largest faith in the region and an increasingly powerful presence globally. Already, in a historical reverse, African churches are sending missionaries and priests to the United States and Europe, where faith appears to be in retreat.

    “I think it can only be a matter of time before we have an African pope, because it will just seem reasonable,” Dr. Voas said.
     
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    Fertility rates is the right answer. However the trends do not point to a dying religion.

     
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    I'm atheist and forced to write my religion is Hinduism in application form.Like that these Muslims are breeding swines and some forced to write they are Muslims. But, if any Muslim have pea size brain or read kuran he will leave islam in sickular countries.AFA Islamic countries it takes time to accept the truth islam is dead and DEAD Body stinks and it spread DISEASES :lol:

    And don't forget this PEW/west surveys are creating more concern to non muslims to convert this cult :D


    today news of Religion of peace apart from beheading/bombings/stoning

    Saudi grand mufti 'issues fatwa permitting man to chop off and eat wife in event of extreme hunger'

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/saudi-gran...hop-off-eat-wife-event-extreme-hunger-1495591
     
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    Dude there is no contradiction in Atheist Hindu or Agnostic Hindu. We are not like the death cults which ask for death of nonbelievers and/or involves in apostasy.
     
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    Just imagine if islam is not there,no one will discuss about religion in 21st century.I mean no one cares either u say u r atheist/hindu/buddhist/xian/jain/jew.They are living without any problem,thanks to death cult we are forced to discuss about religion and turned to hard core hindus/jewish/buddhist :frusty:
     
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    I am not a religious person, I have deep conflicts with the religious texts, but off-late I have been deepely influenced by the Hindu Nationalism. This is like "security in numbers for me" plus the Hindu right accepts me for what I am, I do not feel like an outcaste.

    Let me tell you a short story. In a certain Muslim dominated area of Delhi, it was customary for the Muslim crowds to harass the Hindu shopkeepers every Friday, Delhi Police remained a mute spectator. The solution arrived soon. Bajrang Dal guys hid inside certain shops and when the Friday mob came to do it's usual stuff the Bajrang Dal guys did what they do best, the hooligans received the thrashing of their lives and ran for their lives. AFter few repititions, the harassment stopped.

    RSS has awoken us to the imminent danger. That is the first step. The next step is to fill the rifts which exist in the Hindu community and get exploited by the vested interests (haven't you heard seculars saying "minorities" and "dalits" in the same breath).

    RSS cannot be our saviour, we need to take control, but "RSS" is better than "NO RSS".
     
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    To my mind one obvious advantage hindus have over muslims is "unity". Muslims have far too many factions within them and as a group they survive well only as a minority. Wherever they are in majority they are wrecking their own lives and those of others. Nationalism as a concept is good. Especially Hindu nationalism because the face of India is Hindu. Religion is very important to the average Indian although its practice might have changed over the course of time.
    Our friend @jus doesn't seem aware that atheism is also an acceptable practice under hinduism. For essentially it is a way of a life and there is no diktat on who is wrong or right. Unlike Abrahamic religions hindus have a lot more freedom and choice to practice the faith of their choice.

    The question that is going to face this country in the coming years is how do we tackle this growing muslim population? Advice given by some VHP leaders like "each hindu must have 5 children" may sound very nice to the ears but will be disastrous to our already over=populated country. That said the fertility rates of Muslims are way higher than hindus because islam does not encourage the use of contraception. Hindus on the other hand are also practicing foeticide and infanticide, which is not to say the muslims don't do it but the incidence is less.

    Female foeticide amongst hindus will lead to falling birth rate among hindus in the not so distant future.

    The growth of IS and other extremist factions and unrest in most of the muslim world has its roots in shia sunni conflict. If this were to spill over in to India as is being projected by Al qaeda and IS then it will become a matter of great concern for our internal security. The brainwashing that is taking place is generally on the lines of muslims are being ill-treated in India.

    Our friendly neighbourhood rogue pakistan will naturally not leave any stone unturned to stir the pot in India especially the communal cauldron although they are themselves in the throes of never ending conflict.

    Given this scenario and this report which says India is going to have the largest muslim population in the world, what can we do to reduce the impact of this on us so that we may be able to prevent unrest and probably continuous bickering with such a large muslim population? Does RSS have any strategy for us that can be perceived as pro hindu but not anti muslim or anti minority?

     
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    The RSS must be present as a balancing force and must learn to accommodate with the religions in our country instead of blatantly declaring a "hindu rashtra" . It is the presence of varied religions existing in harmony with each other that makes India unique and we must work to keep it this way.
     
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    Please tell us of your so called forced conversions unless you are one of those who believe pointless propaganda such as "love jihad".

    Hindu nationalist groups too are guilty in the forced conversions issue with programs such as the "ghar wapsi" issue where people who were converted thought they were recieving ration cards and had no idea and where not informed of the real reason they were there.
    Also there are increasing cases of vandalism against churches and mosques which is in blatant disregard of the secular nature of our country.
     
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    That might be true but we do not seem to have any option as of now but to grin and bear it. :rolleyes:

     
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    U r living in a fool's paradise SEX RATIO IS WORST IN MUSLIMS COMPARED TO HINDUS (chk google)

    Buddha himself said he is not pedo poppet/gods son and don't worship me.So default Buddhism is way of life or non religious but why they r killing Muslims.Hinduism also way of life of Indian sub continent.

    There is no pak/saudi/isis/sunni/shia nothing, sole reason is HATE in HATE MANUEL (with the help of mullas).

    Rest is blabber.
     
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    Classic victimhood and islamic reasoning. Good. rant more. I expect more from the likes of you
     
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    Bangladesh today has lower TFR than India - Will give a lot of perspective on those who breed like rabbits and why they do it :rolleyes:
     
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    If i am living in fool's paradise i request you to present the statistics here. It was better in 2012 and fell in 2013 but it has never been worse than hindus.

    oh i have seen worse than being on ignore list. I am hardly a forum nOOb.:p


     
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    It is not the divine duty of us Hindus alone to bear the burden of "Harmony" and "Diversity", it requires a lot of cooperation and equal investment from other religious/social groups.

    Nobody had a problem when David Cameron declared that the UK is a "Christian Country", so why make so much fuss when RSS claims India as a "Hindu Rashtra"? Every natural nation state has a soul, and India's soul is Hinduism. India remains united despite diversity because we the followers of the Dharmic Traditions are still in majority.
     

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