Religious Demographics and the New Diversity

Frederick W. Norris

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195340136
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Religious Demographics and the New Diversity


The secularism and atheism/agnosticism that became influential in Europe after the two world wars have continued to strengthen. Most statistics estimate that the world has 2.5 billion Christians and 1.5 billion Muslims. The third largest religion is often considered to be Hinduism. But it is not inconceivable that secularism and atheism/agnosticism might displace or have displaced Hinduism as the third largest “non-religion” in the world. This article explores religious demographics and religious diversity in Europe; Christian mission in the Western world; and Christianity in Africa, Asia, and South America. It also discusses religions in the United States, including the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tennessee.

Keywords: Europe; religious demographics; Christian mission; Christianity; Africa; Asia; South America; religions; United States

Article.  5790 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Comparative Religion

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