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Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century
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Steve Hayes
2020-02-27 09:07:21 UTC
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Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century
Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as a
percentage of the global population, but Ethiopian community is highly
observant and growing

Mgvimevi Monastery church, near the city of Chiatura in the Imereti
region of Georgia.
Mgvimevi Monastery church, near the city of Chiatura in the Imereti
region of Georgia.

Over the last century, the Orthodox Christian population around the
world has more than doubled and now stands at nearly 260 million. In
Russia alone, it has surpassed 100 million, a sharp resurgence after
the fall of the Soviet Union.

Yet despite these increases in absolute numbers, Orthodox Christians
have been declining as a share of the overall Christian population –
and the global population – due to far faster growth among
Protestants, Catholics and non-Christians. Today, just 12% of
Christians around the world are Orthodox, compared with an estimated
20% a century ago. And 4% of the total global population is Orthodox,
compared with an estimated 7% in 1910.

The geographic distribution of Orthodoxy also differs from the other
major Christian traditions in the 21st century. In 1910 – shortly
before the watershed events of World War I, the Bolshevik revolution
in Russia and the breakup of several European empires – all three
major branches of Christianity (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and
Protestantism) were predominantly concentrated in Europe. Since then,
Catholics and Protestants have expanded enormously outside the
continent, while Orthodoxy remains largely centered in Europe. Today,
nearly four-in-five Orthodox Christians (77%) live in Europe, a
relatively modest change from a century ago (91%). By contrast, only
about one-quarter of Catholics (24%) and one-in-eight Protestants
(12%) now live in Europe, down from an estimated 65% and 52%,
respectively, in 1910.1

Orthodoxy’s falling share of the global Christian population is
connected with demographic trends in Europe, which has lower overall
fertility rates and an older population than developing regions of the
world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Europe’s population has long been shrinking as a share of the world’s
total population, and, in coming decades, it is projected to decline
in absolute numbers as well.

Read it all here: https://t.co/FHTCT7qamG?amp=1

Source:
https://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/08/orthodox-christianity-in-the-21st-century/
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2020-02-28 03:54:42 UTC
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On Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:07:21 +0200, Steve Hayes
Post by Steve Hayes
Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century
Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as a
percentage of the global population, but Ethiopian community is highly
observant and growing
Mgvimevi Monastery church, near the city of Chiatura in the Imereti
region of Georgia.
Mgvimevi Monastery church, near the city of Chiatura in the Imereti
region of Georgia.
Over the last century, the Orthodox Christian population around the
world has more than doubled and now stands at nearly 260 million. In
Russia alone, it has surpassed 100 million, a sharp resurgence after
the fall of the Soviet Union.
Yet despite these increases in absolute numbers, Orthodox Christians
have been declining as a share of the overall Christian population –
and the global population – due to far faster growth among
Protestants, Catholics and non-Christians. Today, just 12% of
Christians around the world are Orthodox, compared with an estimated
20% a century ago. And 4% of the total global population is Orthodox,
compared with an estimated 7% in 1910.
The geographic distribution of Orthodoxy also differs from the other
major Christian traditions in the 21st century. In 1910 – shortly
before the watershed events of World War I, the Bolshevik revolution
in Russia and the breakup of several European empires – all three
major branches of Christianity (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and
Protestantism) were predominantly concentrated in Europe. Since then,
Catholics and Protestants have expanded enormously outside the
continent, while Orthodoxy remains largely centered in Europe. Today,
nearly four-in-five Orthodox Christians (77%) live in Europe, a
relatively modest change from a century ago (91%). By contrast, only
about one-quarter of Catholics (24%) and one-in-eight Protestants
(12%) now live in Europe, down from an estimated 65% and 52%,
respectively, in 1910.1
Orthodoxy’s falling share of the global Christian population is
connected with demographic trends in Europe, which has lower overall
fertility rates and an older population than developing regions of the
world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Europe’s population has long been shrinking as a share of the world’s
total population, and, in coming decades, it is projected to decline
in absolute numbers as well.
Read it all here: https://t.co/FHTCT7qamG?amp=1
https://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/08/orthodox-christianity-in-the-21st-century/
Stats. But how many of those people are actually going to heaven by
faith in Jesus Christ and how many are going to hell by faith in their
chosen religion?

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