Europe's Christian population falls amid rise of atheists and Muslims

Posted April 07, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015 births to Muslims were 31 per cent of babies born worldwide, far exceeding the Muslim 24 per cent share of the world's population.

The high birth rate among Muslims cements its status as the world's fastest-growing religion, with births to Muslims making up around 31% of total global births between 2010 and 2015, despite Muslims making up only around 24% of the global population. Between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 223 million babies were born to Christian mothers and roughly 107 million Christians died - a natural increase of 116 million. "In recent years, Christians have had a disproportionately large share of the world's deaths (37 percent) - in large part because of the relatively advanced age of Christian populations in some places", like Europe, Pew reported.

Although Christians accounted for 33 per cent of global births in recent years - slightly more than Muslim births - they also accounted for 37 per cent of worldwide deaths, almost twice the share of deaths from other religions.

While Christianity is growing in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world, Christians are generally older and are dying at a faster rate than Muslims - particularly in Europe, the study's authors conclude. Globally, however, the effect of religious switching is overshadowed by the impact of differences in fertility and mortality.

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But the Pew report predict a reversal of that pattern by 2060, when Muslim mothers are projected to give birth to 232 million babies, about six million more than their Christian counterparts. In Germany, the UK, Italy, Russia and France, there were at least 250,000 more Muslim births than deaths in each country over the period.

People who are not affiliated with any religion make 16 percent of the global population.

NEW YORK (AP) — In recent years, Christians have had more babies than any other religious group worldwide.

In contrast with this baby boom among Muslims, people who do not identify with any religion are experiencing a much different trend.

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Hindus will witness a "dramatic" drop-off in births between 2055 and 2060 due to declining fertility in India, which is home to 94 per cent of the community's global population, according to a new Pew research.

The study warns its forecasts are based upon current population trends and that events such as scientific discoveries, armed conflicts and changing economic conditions could change the numbers.

By 2055 to 2060, just 9 per cent of all babies will be born to religiously unaffiliated women, while more than seven-in-ten will be born to either Muslims (36 per cent) or Christians (35 per cent). The median age for the world's remaining religions is higher still.

While religiously unaffiliated people now make up 16 per cent of the global population, only an estimated 10% of the world's newborns between 2010 and 2015 were born to religiously unaffiliated mothers. However, they only produce 10 percent of the world's babies.

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