Yesterday, we reported on how Theresa May was realising what a bad idea it was to publicise her Islamophobic sentiment close to the General Election and with good reason too. Official research is showing Islam to be what it is - one of the biggest world religions with a very large number of followers. This means that democratically elected politicians had better keep their Muslim voters happy. Here is an article, recently published in the Detroit Free Press on the projected growth of Islam around the world. As ever, remember to Like, Tweet and share - Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views
Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2070, ending two millenniums of Christian dominance going back to the birth of Jesus Christ, projections released Thursday by the Pew Research Center show.
Islam is projected to grow more than twice as fast as any other major religion over the next half century because of a higher fertility rate. That rapid growth will end Christian majorities in nations such as the United Kingdom, France and Australia, according to the Pew study.
Such a dramatic change poses questions about whether global religious conflicts between radical Muslim groups and western nations that currently have Christian majorities will become more inflamed in the decades ahead or if greater equality in numbers will lead to reconciliation.
Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer with the American Enterprise Institute, said it is too early to say what impact such a large increase in the Muslim population will be.
What does seem to be certain: "We can be quite confident that Muslims are going to grow rapidly in the decades ahead," said Conrad Hackett, demographer and lead author of the report.
The world's two largest religions will be near parity by 2050. Christians will make up 31.4% of the planet's population vs 29.7% who follow Islam, researchers say. Christians made up the same 31.4% in 2010; Muslims 23.2%.
The engine of growth for both Christianity and Islam will be sub-Saharan Africa where high fertility and large Muslim and Christian populations will increase global numbers for both religions, Pew demographers say.
Christianity will remain the dominant religion for the United States but lose some of its share to the unaffiliated — those who CLAIM no particular religion or who are atheists or agnostic. By 2050, one in four Americans will fall into this non-religious category, up from 16.4% in 2010, the analysis shows.
While the populations of nearly all the world's religions will grow, youth and high fertility among Muslims will fuel a dramatic 73% jump in numbers in just over a generation. The number of Christians during that same period will increase by 35%, the study shows.
By midcentury, global population will swell by a third from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 9.3 billion.
Fertility rates are key to the growth rate of religions, according to the report. Populations remains static with a birth rate of 2.1 children per mother, and a few world religions during the next four decades fall below that mark. Buddhists, for example, have a rate of 1.6, so their numbers will remain largely unchanged by 2050, the report says.
Jews and Hindus have higher fertility rates, but still fall below the world average of 2.5. Christians surpass that average with a rate of 2.7, but Muslims soar beyond it with 3.1 children per mother.
For followers of Islam to outnumber Christians by 2070 would be a milestone for mankind, many scholars say. Pew researchers say experts they consulted assert that since Christianity began six centuries before Islam, followers of Christ have always outnumbered Muslims.
Other findings in the study:
• India will surpass Indonesia as having more Muslims than any country by 2050. However, because of India's explosive growth — it will house the world's largest population by then — Muslims will remain outnumbered by Hindus.
• Muslims will make up 10.2% of Europe's population by 2050, up from 5.9% in 2010. Their percentage within the U.S. will more than double to 2.1% and they will for the first time outnumber Jews in America.
• While the number of atheists, agnostics and others who do not affiliate with any religion will, as a group, be a smaller SHARE of the world's population by 2050, they will be the majority group, outnumbering Christians, for nations such as France, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
• Christianity is expected to suffer the largest net loss among those switching beliefs by 2050, WINNING over 40 million new adherents while losing 106 million, mostly to those unaffiliated with religion.
• A potential wild card in the projections is China. Those unaffiliated with religion make up more than half the population there. But some scholars believe many of those could be Christians to fearful to make their faith known. Should they become more open in the decades ahead it could change the calculations regarding worldwide Muslim numerical supremacy, Pew researchers say.
To establish the projections, Pew researchers culled through and analyzed 2,500 sources of data including censuses, demographic SURVEYS and other studies.
"You might say only God knows how many people are believers," said Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. "But to the extent we mortals who try to use statistical methods and data can try to quantify these very difficult questions, they've done a tremendous, tremendous job."