Global Religion, By The Numbers

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Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84% of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion. These five charts sum up the age, size, geography, and power of the world's major religions.


The study by the Pew Forum also finds that roughly one-in-six people around the globe (1.1 billion, or 16%) have no religious affiliation. This makes the unaffiliated the third-largest religious group worldwide, behind Christians and Muslims, and about equal in size to the world’s Catholic population.


The geographic distribution of religious groups varies considerably. A plurality of Jews (44%) live in North America, while about four-in-ten (41%) live in the Middle East and North Africa – almost all of them in Israel.


Nearly three-quarters (73%) of the world’s people live in countries in which their religious group makes up a majority of the population. Most members of the other major religious groups live in countries in which they are in the minority. Seven-in-ten Buddhists (72%), for example, live as religious minorities.


Muslims are a majority in 49 countries, including 19 of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The religiously unaffiliated make up a majority of the population in six countries, of which China is by far the largest. (The others are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hong Kong, Japan and North Korea.)


Some religions have much younger populations, on average, than others. In part, the age differences reflect the geographic distribution of religious groups. Those with a large share of adherents in fast-growing, developing countries tend to have younger populations. Those concentrated in China and in advanced industrial countries, where population growth is slower, tend to be older. The median age of two major groups – Muslims (23 years) and Hindus (26) – is younger than the median age of the world’s overall population (28)


Source: Pew Forum

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Wed, 12/19/2012 - 20:41 | 3080977 The Master
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Atheists should get a shout-out!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 20:48 | 3081012 blunderdog
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Um...but it's not a religion.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 20:54 | 3081033 TwoShortPlanks
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So if you eradicate the religious population we end up with about 1.1 Billion, yeah?!....well, it would seem that the Agenda 21 people have done their Math correctly.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:24 | 3081129 economics9698
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"A plurality of Jews (44%) live in North America" what a fucking shame.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:30 | 3081148 Squid Vicious
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No biggie unless you live near one of the centers of power where they have attached themselves, NY, LA, and DC...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:58 | 3081225 francis_sawyer
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0.2% Jews... Yet they control over 70% of the worldwide critical power nodes in:


- multimedia (aka: PROPAGANDA)

- banking (aka: USURY/SLAVERY)

- political lobby activity (aka: DESPOTISM/CORPO-KLEPTO FASCISM)

It's an almost IMPOSSIBLE statistical/mathematical achievement... I can only guess that it must be so because they're so popular & likeable...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:09 | 3081256 livid levity
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Genesis 27:28 is why.  And we are on the cusp of Genesis 27:39.   Something to ponder, if you are given to such ponderings.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:54 | 3081394 Max in St Moritz
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Speaking of religion and economics, please allow me to quote one of the most influential figures in American Christianity and evangelicalism.  

Pat "The Lunatic" Robertson: Supply side economics is the first truly divine theory of money creation.*


*Graeber: Debt, The First 5000 years, page 378 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:10 | 3081436 A Lunatic
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He does give lunatics a bad name..........

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:03 | 3081406 strannick
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How did you know this topic would get hijacked by jew-bashing? Cause 8 in 10 topics eventually do.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:44 | 3081730 TPTB_r_TBTF
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the jewish censorship canT repress the Truth forever.


The goal is 10 for 10.  put some more effort in! we can reach 10 of 10!

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 02:03 | 3081744 strannick
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Sure you can, but your only readership at that point will be yourself and likeminded Zealots, pun intended.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 04:52 | 3081856 fourchan
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pie chart shows 80% of the world is retarded.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:00 | 3081407 Iocosus
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Please elaborate on your forecast.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 06:45 | 3081964 JimmyCDN
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Thanks, but I think we are on the cusp of Genesis 27:40, since you have given me such ponderings:


You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck."

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 07:23 | 3081999 Watauga
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You must mean Genesis 27:29 rather than 27:28.  And perhaps 27:40 rather than 27: 39.  Right?

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 08:38 | 3082030 ugmug
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The Day and Hour Unknown

 Matthew 24:36-39


36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 09:31 | 3082135 N. B. Forrest
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So are you an Edomite?  If not, then Gen 27:39 doesn't apply. 


In fact since we are on the subject, Jer. 49:12 specifically states that there are no more Edomites in the world, they have been completely eradicated.  Therefore Gen. 27:39 is no longer a relevant prophecy. 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:12 | 3081422 strannick
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Have you seen the duet of Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung singing ''Imagine'' to each other, with Slobodan Milosevic on the bongos? I found it very moving.... And almost as funny as Christopher Hitchens water-boarding himself for one second

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:40 | 3081725 Harbanger
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I noticed communist china is labeled "unaffiliated" and the former soviet union became christian.  This map represents descents of, more than actual religious affiliation.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:33 | 3081338 Pseudo Anonym
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you may be confusing this:

0.2% Jews... Yet they control over 70% of the worldwide critical power nodes

with luciferians controlling and useful jews managing it for the luciferians

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:08 | 3081430 Iocosus
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You are probably correct. They are money makers and money-driven, so it would seem this serves the Luciferians well, operating funds for control, and the scapegoat when the people get fed up and kick them out, as history has shown numerous times.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:51 | 3081729 bankerbackbacon
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Many of the Jews and pseudo Jews, also worship Lucifer, so by differenciating them this would be innaccurate. The whole idea is that the Luciferians are pretending to be Jew's but are of "the synogogue of satan."

The God of Forces, the Sun and Planets, you know, the ones that the old pagan new ager Cabalist's are all worshipping; the Mundane Satan.




Thu, 12/20/2012 - 06:03 | 3081911 Colonial Intent
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Satan is a christian concept therefore all lucy-wotsits are merely a subsect of christians.

Pagans dont believe in a 'satan' only christians do.

jeez louise get a clue.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 08:53 | 3082042 Disenchanted
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It was Belial for the Hebrews...


BELIAL came last, than whom a Spirit more lewd
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for it self: To him no Temple stood
Or Altar smoak'd; yet who more oft then hee
In Temples and at Altars, when the Priest
Turns Atheist, as did ELY'S Sons, who fill'd
With lust and violence the house of God.
In Courts and Palaces he also Reigns
And in luxurious Cities, where the noyse
Of riot ascends above thir loftiest Towrs,
And injury and outrage: And when Night
Darkens the Streets, then wander forth the Sons
Of BELIAL, flown with insolence and wine.
Witness the Streets of SODOM, and that night
In GIBEAH, when hospitable Dores
Yielded thir Matrons to prevent worse rape.

~ John Milton Paradise Lost Book I


This (below)was really a hit the first time I posted it. /s


In The Name Of [A] God - Dream Theatre


Any day we'll all be
Swept away
You'll be saved
As long as you obey


Tools of the devil inside
Written in Holy disguise
Meant to deceive and divide
Us all

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 14:55 | 3083580 blunderdog
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Not "Christian" -- Abrahamic.

There's a flavor of Satan for the big 3--Judiasm (Belial/Ba'al, maybe some other variant names), Christianity (Satan/Lucifer), and Islam (Shaytan/Iblis).

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 06:19 | 3081919 StandardDeviant
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I hereby invoke Poe's Law.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 05:56 | 3081909 forrestdweller
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ah, the legion of rednecks has woken up.

about 60 percent of the US of A populations consists of rednecks,

and yet they they occupy about 0% of the powerful and controlling positions in this country. this is an almost impossible statistical achievement. i can only guess why....

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 08:55 | 3082041 Taint Boil
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95% believe, 1% don’t

95% are sheep, 1% in control

95% no money, 1% all the money

Yep, sounds about right.

Religion is a tool used by the elite to control the sheep and the sheep use religion as a tool to explain things they don’t understand and to be rewarded (when they die) for all their hard work / devotion to the elite.


It is a setup / scam that is nearly perfect. I'm in the missing 4% .......


Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:25 | 3081313 Umh
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That 0.2% frightens you tough guy:)))))

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:31 | 3081484 Pseudo Anonym
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on the other hand, i hope you feel sorry for the 0.2% as they, yet again, will end up in gas chambers when the luciferians are done with them - label them as greedy, controlling money changers and let the good christians and muslims slaughter them.  you know, the old divide and conquer. and when it's all said and done, the luciferians will have their nwo.  just saying...history repeats and just the details change

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:22 | 3081132 killallthefiat
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I am a Jedi.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 05:57 | 3081910 Colonial Intent
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A world without religion?

Where do i sign up?

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 07:30 | 3082001 Watauga
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In spite of John Lennon's wish to imagine it ain't so, it really is so.  There is no world without religion, and in this world, everyone has one.  Don't think the atheists have a religion?  Just listen to them.  They are much, much more committed to theirs than most Christians are to theirs.  Dont' think the Communists have one?  The Nazis?  We all have religion.  Always have, and always will.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 15:08 | 3083645 blunderdog
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Don't think the atheists have a religion? Just listen to them.

There are some self-described atheists who are not really atheists, just like there are some self-professed Christians who couldn't forgive if their eternal soul depended on it.

I'm an atheist and a Buddhist, myself. There's at least that one long-standing religious tradition which is compatible with atheism.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:50 | 3081207 mc_LDN
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Exactly. Religion requires a belief in a deity. Athiesm is not a religion. A belief system yes but most def not a religion.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 22:05 | 3081250 livid levity
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The atheist deity is self.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:52 | 3081533 nope-1004
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Agree, however there are a ton of greedy money laundering bankers and politicians who would claim they are "religious".  So there are selfish religious people too.  "Rain falls on the just and unjust alike."


Thu, 12/20/2012 - 03:36 | 3081821 CIABS
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"The atheist deity is self."

Try etymology.  Atheist = no deity -ist.

Not the self.  None, of any kind.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 07:38 | 3082007 Watauga
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Of course.  ALL people are about self.  The self is the spirit APART from God.  Christians, in this world, are APART from God.  We are all APART from God. 

EVERYTHING is about self vs. God.  Each human being is in a struggle in this world.  Some moments we fight God and choose self (e.g., theft, adultery, hatred of others).  Some moments we choose to put self aside for an instant and reach out to God (e.g., choosing to take Holy Communion, sacrifice self for others, sharing with others).  But, through Original Sin, and our own selfish desires, each of us is Fallen. 

WE, people, cannot save ourselves from our Fall.  ONLY the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, and His blood over the doors of our souls, will allow the Angel of Death to pass over us.  ONLY through the Grace of God can we be saved, and His Grace is present in the death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lamb, all done for us and for our salvation. 

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 00:41 | 3081574 GoinFawr
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Claiming atheists have a deity is like saying Christians don't believe in a God.


Thu, 12/20/2012 - 07:39 | 3082009 Watauga
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Not at all.  Atheists worship their god at all times.  Christians worship God at all times. 

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 08:59 | 3082073 Sparky_ZA
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Perhaps for a more realistic view on religion , I would perscribe a bit of George Carlin. He was a prophet!


Thu, 12/20/2012 - 12:18 | 3082709 GoinFawr
Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:47 | 3081733 bankerbackbacon
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Athiest exist on a plane below plant life. Their ignorance, and their reliance on their senses like fornication worshippers, is their folly.


Thu, 12/20/2012 - 02:05 | 3081755 Terminus C
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lol, you are a dumb fuck.  You are exactly the type of useful idiot that tptb will use to divide and conquer.  The funny part is, when you are doing it you will believe you are being a good christian/muslim/jew/rastafarian etc... and that your dog, erm god, will love you for your idiocy.

Fuck you, mindless idiot, when you and your religious zealot zombie army come for me, I'll send a few of you to 'heaven' first.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 02:19 | 3081763 GoinFawr
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Well, that's you entirely discredited on the subject.

 Nice avatar btw. Did you compose the image yourself, or did you steal it?

If it's the latter even Kropotkin, someone you would likely consider an ignorant, low life fornicator, could tell you that stealing is where would that place you on your heirarchy of life?

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 03:40 | 3081823 Scalaris
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You are right, atheists should too ascribe meaning to things unmeritedly, while constantly anticipating an eschatological cataclysm deriving from any origin, due to the tameness of natural chaos and intractable randomness being an unfathomable notion, whose sole solution lies on the creation of prime movers, their structured systems, and their doctrines, as it is evident from the wealth of historical mythogenesis and its applied regurgitation to numerous narratives, representing various agendas.

Fuck logical application I say, embrace imposed intergenerational beliefs incontestably and with no illation, as long as one is neatly tucked in the bottom of the pyramidic intersecting structure of organized religion and populace herding, with the rest of the pack.

It is entirely natural to believe in lores regarding the immutability of every single deity, perpetually originated in every chronological plane in order to correspond to sociocultural sensitivities, along with their indisputable terrestrial prophets, who in no way shape or form adhere to the very human organizational system of religious indoctrination, maintaining its influence on civilization for representation of personal interests pertaining to pupulational and capital governship.  

Acceptance in supernaturalism is entirely ordinary, of course, in comparison to the study of archival factuality, which requires comprehension of printed material, as it is the subjective perception of this inhabited planet being the absolute centre of the divine universe, and the inexhaustible variety of scientific discoveries rendering said perception refutable should in no way be considered as a brazen testament to man-made religious absurdity.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:24 | 3082540 GoinFawr
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Thank you. I've been trying to work out which religion might be inspiring bankerbackbacon's hackneyed screeds, and your erudite missive put his/her comments into a perspective that has allowed me to make what I consider a decent guess:

I've got money on my flank that says bbb practices regurgomancy with The Brotherhood of the Amorous Tarsier (this one is even safe for work!)


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