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  • Poorest countries are the most religious

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    BARRY DUKE
    – FEBRUARY 18, 2009
    A NEW poll confirms that religious belief is a factor in poor economic progress.

    The Gallup poll shows that Estonia, the least religious country in the world with a “believer index” of just 14 percent, became one of the world’s fast-growing economies after it gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
    Near neighbour Sweden is the second least religious country, with only 17 percent claiming any form of religious conviction. Other neighboring countries Denmark and Norway are among the least religious countries, including Hong Kong, Japan and France.
    The US, according to this report, stands out as an exception from the religion=poverty rule. There, two-thirds of the respondents claimed that religion played a significant role in their lives.
    The poll reveals that religion is most important to people in poor countries. Of the 143 countries surveyed, Egypt came top, where 100 per cent of the respondents believe that religion was an important part of their everyday lives.
    This is followed by poor countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
    The 11 least religious countries are:
    • Estonia 14 percent
    • Sweden 17 percent
    • Denmark 18 percent
    • Norway 20 percent
    • Czech Republic 21 percent
    • Azerbaijan 21 percent
    • Hong Kong 22 percent
    • Japan 25 percent
    • France 25 per cent
    • Mongolia 27 percent
    • Belarus 27 percent
    The 11 most religious countries are:
    • Egypt 100 percent
    • Bangladesh 99 percent
    • Sri Lanka 98 percent
    • Indonesia 98 percent
    • Congo 98 percent
    • Sierra Leone 98 percent
    • Malawi 98 percent
    • Senegal 98 percent
    • Djibouti 98 percent
    • Morocco 98 percent
    • United Arab Emirates 98 percent
    Percentage of Christians in the population of different countries around the globe.

     

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    Here are some. Highly religious countries (Barber, 2012):
    • Are poorer.
    • They are less urbanized.
    • Have lower levels of education.
    • They have less exposure to electronic media that increase intelligence (Barber, 2006).
    • Experience a heavier load of infectious diseases that impair brain function.
    • Suffer more from low birth weights.
    • Have worse child nutrition.
    • Do a poor job of controlling environmental pollutants such as lead that reduce IQ.
    Barber, N. (2005). Educational and ecological correlates of IQ: A cross-national investigation. Intelligence, 33, 273-284.
     

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    CHINA, The Stunning Growth of Christianity

    The stunning growth of Christianity in China

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    ZHAO XIAO, a former Communist Party official and convert to Christianity, smiles over a cup of tea and says he thinks there are up to 130m Christians in China. This is far larger than previous estimates. The government says there are 21m (16m Protestants, 5m Catholics). Unofficial figures, such as one given by the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity in Massachusetts, put the number at about 70m. But Mr Zhao is not alone in his reckoning. A study of China by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, an American think-tank, says indirect survey evidence suggests many unaffiliated Christians are not in the official figures. And according to China Aid Association (CAA), a Texas-based lobby group, the director of the government body which supervises all religions in China said privately that the figure was indeed as much as 130m in early 2008.

    If so, it would mean China contains more Christians than Communists (party membership is 74m) and there may be more active Christians in China than in any other country. In 1949, when the Communists took power, less than 1% of the population had been baptised, most of them Catholics. Now the largest, fastest-growing number of Christians belong to Protestant "house churches".

    In a suburb of Shanghai, off Haining Road, neighbours peer warily across the hallway as visitors file into a living room, bringing the number to 25, the maximum gathering allowed by law without official permission. Inside, young urban professionals sit on sofas and folding chairs. A young woman in a Che Guevara T-shirt blesses the group and a man projects material downloaded from the internet from his laptop onto the wall. Heads turn towards the display and sing along: "Glory, Glory Glory; Holy, Holy, Holy; God is near to each one of us." It is Sunday morning, and worship is beginning in one of thousands of house churches across China.

    House churches are small congregations who meet privately--usually in apartments--to worship away from the gaze of the Communist Party. In the 1950s, the Catholic and main Protestant churches were turned into branches of the religious-affairs administration. House churches have an unclear status, neither banned nor fully approved of. As long as they avoid neighbourly confrontation and keep their congregations below a certain size (usually about 25), the Protestant ones are mostly tolerated, grudgingly. Catholic ones are kept under closer scrutiny, reflecting China's tense relationship with the Vatican.

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    Christians in China: Is the country in spiritual crisis?
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    Many of China's churches are overflowing, as the number of Christians in the country multiplies. In the past, repression drove people to convert - is the cause now rampant capitalism?
     

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    A little bit of history:)

     

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    Chinese government looks to church to fill social care gap

    The Chinese government has welcomed the role of the Church in providing social care in the country.

    China's leaders have been holding a meeting this week in Beijing to discuss the economic and political agenda for the next decade, in which it seems the Church will play a vital role.

    "The governmentwelcomes the support of the Church," said government official Wang Xinhua at a recent Shanghai conference on the role of Christianity in China, sponsored by the Bible Society. "We lack the resources to meet all the needs that we face, so we need religious organisations in order to do so."

    Mr Wang said that the "beliefs" and "love" of the Church were an "advantage" to society.

    He added that China's charitable sector was facing "a crisis of confidence" due to corruption scandals, saying that the Church was a less corrupt partner to the government.

    Leading academic Prof Choong Chee Pang told the conference: "Many social problems have their root causes in social injustice, the abuse of power, inequality, the widening gap between the rich and the poor due to mismanagement of the resources, corruption and bribery."

    In an outspoken move, the Professor said that, as the Church took up the challenge of providing social care across China, particularly among the elderly and poor, it must not lose its prophetic role.

    "The Church needs to be a prophet and a servant," he said. "This is not a problem in afreeor democratic society, but in other societies it can be a sensitive issue. It is hard for the Chinese Church to play the role of a prophet especially with a critical voice."

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    外媒:中国将成全球基督教第一大国

    http://www.boxun.com/news/gb/china/2014/04/201404230333.shtml#.U1clSfldUnk

    (博讯北京时间2014年4月23日 转载) 来源:中时电子报

    素以无神论著称的共产中国,有越来越多的人开始寻求基督信仰。专家预测,再过15年、中国的基督徒人数将达2.5亿,超过美国和巴西,成为全球第一基督教大国。

    英国《每日电讯报》报导,过去40年,中国基督徒人数大量成长。中国的基督徒人数到2010年已从1949年的百万人,快速增加到接近6千万人。报导引用美国普度大学社会学教授杨梵刚(译音)的数据估计,到2025年,中国基督徒人数将成长到1.6亿人,远超越美国;到2030年,中国基督徒人数,包括天主教徒在内,则将突破2.47亿人,超过南美墨西哥和巴西,跃升为世界第一基督教大国。

    不过,报导说,即使基督教人数在中国快速成长,中国政府对宗教仍将采取严格控制。

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