Religion Facts

Religion Facts

Poverty affects people in every corner of the world, regardless of their religion. These facts about religion reveal how religion plays a role in the fight against global poverty. Understanding these religion facts will help you to be more sensitive as you address the needs of those in extreme poverty.

Christians and Muslims make up the majority of religions among the world's population. Grasping this and other facts about religion is an important part of an effective fight against global poverty.

In order to make a true and lasting difference for those in poverty, you must be culturally and religiously sensitive as you interact with the poor around the world. These religion facts give you a glimpse into the wide variety of religions and cultural traditions.

While Compassion is a Christ-centered organization, we work with children from many different cultures and religions. Learning the facts about religion and the role it plays in poverty will help you be sensitive to the unique needs and worldview of your sponsored child.

Religion Facts
Religion Facts Get the facts about the various religions around the world.
  • The new research found that 45 percent of all American adults meet the criteria that The Barna Group uses to classify people as "born again." That number is up from 31 percent in 1983.
  • Nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43 percent) and two out of three born again Christians (64 percent) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.
  • Women are 16 percent more likely than men to be born again.
  • African-Americans are the ethnic group most likely to be born again (59 percent), while Hispanics were barely half as likely (32 percent).

Religion around the world is broken down like this:

  • Christianity - 33 percent
  • Islam - 21 percent
  • Non-religious - 16 percent
  • Hindu - 14 percent
  • Primal-indigenous - 6 percent
  • Chinese traditional - 6 percent
  • Buddhism - 6 percent
  • Sikhism - 0.36 percent
  • Judaism - 0.22 percent

Sources: www.barna.org, www.adherents.com

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