I read these words today from The Pew Research Center’s report on global Christianity.
The number of Christians around the world has more than tripled in the last 100 years, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2 billion in 2010. But the world’s overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010. As a result, Christians make up about the same portion of the world’s population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%).
Also, as one reads on, they will see the major shift in Christianity across the world – moving mainly from the north and western hemispheres and now into the eastern and southern hemispheres.
Some interesting statistics to ponder. I still believe God wants to renew things in Europe, renew things in a different way than what existed as western Christendom. But renew them nonetheless.