Religion Facts

Quick Facts About Religion
Get the facts about the various religions around the world.

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Poverty affects people in every corner of the world, regardless of their religion. In order to make a true and lasting difference for those in poverty, we must be culturally and religiously sensitive as we interact with the poor around the world.

These facts about religion touch on religion's involvement in the fight against global poverty.

  • 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).
  • Two out of three born again Christians (64 percent) accept Jesus Christ as their Savior 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).
  • Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world; nearly 12 percent of all Catholics live in Brazil.
  • Women make up more than 60 percent of the adult born-again population.
  • Approximately 69 percent of Americans believe that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing perfect Creator who rules the world today.
  • 96 percent of practicing Christian millennials believe the bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.
  • The top sources of moral truth for Christian millennials are the Bible (39 percent), the church (16 percent) and parents (14 percent).
Religions Around the World
  • 32 percent of the people in the world are Christians.
  • 23 percent are Muslims.
  • 16 percent are not religious.
  • 14 percent are Hindu.
  • 7 percent are Buddhists.
  • 6 percent are Primal Indigenous.
  • 6 percent and Chinese Traditionalists.
  • 0.4 percent are Sikhs.
  • 0.22 percent are Jews.
Compassion is a Christ-centered organization. Sponsored children are encouraged to live according to biblical principles and to practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship and service. However, the children are not required to become Christians.

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