Christians now outnumber Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa by 2 to 1

A study published on April 15 by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found that the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa grew from seven million in 1900 to 470 million today. During the same time period, the number of Muslims grew from 11 million to 234 million.

In 1900, 76% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa practiced indigenous religions, while 14% were Muslim and 9% were Christian. Today, 57% of the population is Christian, while 29% are Muslim and 13% practice indigenous religions.

Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

* [Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa (Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life]("http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=515")
* [Sharp increase in Christians and Muslims in Africa in past century, report says (Fides)]("http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=26487&lan=eng")

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1900 is a long time ago. Do we have more recent data to compare to today's figures?

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read it wrong, LOL

[quote="Digitonomy, post:2, topic:195467"]
1900 is a long time ago. Do we have more recent data to compare to today's figures?

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I don't understand what you mean.

It would be noteworthy that Christians now outnumber Muslims 2 to 1 if say 10 years ago their numbers were equal. Similarly, it would be noteworthy that Christians now outnumber Muslims only 2 to 1 if a decade ago Muslims were outnumbered 4 to 1.

On the other hand, it’s less noteworthy to compare the present state to the situation 100 years ago, especially as turbulent as the past century has been in Africa. Maybe the big changes happened in the first 20 years of the century, and for the last 80 or 90 years things have been fairly stable. That’s not very likely, but the article doesn’t provide what’s needed to get a more precise picture.

Sorry, I still don’t understand what you mean. :shrug:

[quote="amhara, post:6, topic:195467"]
Sorry, I still don't understand what you mean.

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I think Digitonomy is making a valid point, The growth in number of Christians, when Sub-Saharan Africa was governed as colonies of European countries, and thus heavily influenced by European culture is to be expected. So the period from 1900 to the 1960s is a bit misleading since those conditions were unique and don't exist anymore. However, since then there has been a large growth in the Muslim population in these newly independent countries in the countries in the countries of West Africa and eastward. And its that recent trend which is most important, because it concerns national conditions as they exist now.

Whether Islam or Christianity has been growing faster in sub-Saharan Africa during the past 20 years is a matter of some debate and speculation. And statistically, it may be a bit misleading to group the countries of southern Africa in with those closer to the Sahara since the Muslim influence is not felt down south.

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