Islam to overtake Christianity to be largest religion in world by 2070

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Islam to overtake Christianity to be largest religion in world by 2070

ISLAM will take over Christianity as the largest religion in the world by 2070, latest research has found.

Christianity : The religion is the only faith growing faster than the world’s population and is expected to grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per cent for Christians.This will be powered by growth in nations such as Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to research by the US-based Pew Research Centre.

There were 1.6billion Muslims and 2.7billion Christians in the world in 2010.

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Islam has the highest with 3.1 children per woman, followed by Christianity who produce 2.7
“Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century.”Researchers at the Washington-based centre looked at the number of reasons that could drive this population growth.

Changes could be explained by fertility rates – Islam has the highest with 3.1 children per woman, followed by Christianity who produce 2.7 offspring.

Islam also attracts a following of much younger people, meaning those supporters have more childbearing years ahead.

Children aged under 15 make up 34 per cent of Islam believers, compared to the global average of 27 per cent.

The report also predicts that Christianity is likely to see a decline in following as more people become non-religious or change belief.

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Christianity is likely to see a decline in following as more people become non-religious

About 40 million people are predicted to switch to Christianity, whereas 106million are expected to turn their back on the faith.Meanwhile, the report says there is likely to be be a drop from 16.4 per cent of the world’s population to 13.2 per cent in atheists, agnostics and non-religious people by 2050.

The UK was also found to be the country most tolerant of Islam in Europe, according to the report.

Around 28 per cent of Britons were found to have a negative view of Muslims, the lowest in Europe.

While 72 per cent of Hungarians and 69 per cent of Italians held unfavourable views.

Provided by : http://www.express.co.uk

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