Global Christianity

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Hong Kong Christians at Gateway Camp. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[1]

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Christianity is the world's largest religion and it has seen tremendous growth over its 2000 year history.[2] Christianity has recently seen explosive growth outside the Western World.[3] In 2000, there were twice as many non-Western Christians as Western Christians.[4] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western Christians as there were Western World Christians.[5] There are now more non-Western missionaries than Western missionaries.[6]

In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day.[7][8]

In 2011, the American Spectator declared concerning research published in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research:

The report estimates about 80,000 new Christians every day, 79,000 new Muslims every day, and 300 fewer atheists every day. These atheists are presumably disproportionately represented in the West, while religion is thriving in the Global South, where charismatic Christianity is exploding."[9]

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Implications of the explosive growth of global Christianity

see also: Internet evangelism and Atheist population

It is thought that given the increase in the availability of public's access to global communications that the more theologically conservative non-Western Christianity could influence Western Christianity to move into more theologically conservative direction.[10] For example, non-Western Anglicans are exerting influence in the worldwide Anglican communion as far as the Anglican Communion's policy concerning homosexuality.[11][12]

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Specific forms of Christianity which are growing in the world and in the United States and the UK:


Global Christianity, Charismatic Christianity and Pentecostalism:

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Internet evangelism:

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