While the world is not noticing, Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians by the year 2050 it was reported Monday by Pew Research. Christianity will remain the world’s largest religious group in the coming decades, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion.
It was also reported that atheists, agnostics, and others who are not affiliated with any religion will decline as a percentage of the global population. They will however increase in the United States.
By 2050, Christians will number 2.91 billion. They presently are at 2.67 billion according to Pew. During that period, Muslims will rise from 1.6 billion to 2.76 billion.
Other religions will look like this: Hindus will increase from 1.03 billion to 1.38 billion by 2050, Buddhists will remain at 0.49 billion, and the unaffiliated population will rise from 1.13 billion to 1.23 billion. Christians will remain at 31.4 percent, while Muslims will increase from 23.2 percent to 29.7 percent by 2050.
Other disclosures in the Pew report included the fact that Muslims will make up 10 percent of the overall population of Europe by 2050. Christians will become a minority in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
India will continue to have a Hindu majority, but it will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world while Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish. Amazingly, four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa in 2050.