Global Decline of Religiosity
A recent article in The Washington Post showed a world map illustrating the percentage of atheists in the world. The map was based on a WIN-Gallup study of 50,000 people in 40 countries.
Globally, atheists comprise 13 percent of the world population. The highest percentage of atheists is in China, with 47 percent, followed by Japan, with 31 percent, The Czech Republic, with 29 percent, and France, with 29 percent. Less than 1 percent of the population in Iraq and Afghanistan are atheist, and 9 of 10 people are religious in Ghana, Nigeria, Armenia, and Fiji.
Within the past seven years, atheism has increased 3 percent globally. The country with the highest decline in religiosity over the past seven years is Vietnam, with a 23 percent drop, and Ireland, with a 22 percent drop. The complete chart is below.
As the chart indicates, the United States and Canada have dropped 13 and 12 percent, respectively. There is a tremendous need for evangelism and missions in our own backyard.
What other observations can you draw from this study?