Well…here’s an interesting atlas of religion from Spiegel. I’m not entirely convinced of its reliability, though; the majority of Scandinavia is mapped as Protestant, but I have my suspicions that it should be listed as nominally Protestant. By using solid colors and labeling whole populations as being of one religion or another, it’s going to over-represent the importance of religion, which may actually be one of their goals.
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This chart shows some of the problems.
The first map shows all of China as godless, and the chart only lists 14.9% of the world as agnostic/atheist. Are there large numbers of Chinese who profess a religion? What is it?
There’s no hint of the methodology in forecasting religious trends.
Those trends would only be meaningful if we also had some trend line indicating total population growth, or if percent of world population was plotted.
Note that while atheists/agnostics together are the third largest category in the chart, they are omitted from the forecast. I’m hoping the world will someday turn all gray, so that’s the data I’d like to see!
The source is “World Christian Trends”—I don’t know anything about them, but the name makes me immediately suspicious of bias. Sorry, but I see “Christian” and I think “Liar”. (I know not all of you are, but jebus, the representatives of your ideology have tainted the term.)
The article that goes with the map gives an interestingly eurocentric view of the world, although it also admits that Europe seems to be the exception, not the model, in a world gone mad over religion. It also tries to make the point that faith and science are compatible, but I think their views and mine are colored by the environment in which we live—I might also be more willing to believe that claim if I didn’t live on one of the continents of the insane.
The map reminds me, though, that I do have a dream.