Ninety Three Percent of North Americans Are Christians

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Of 284 million Americans:

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Ninety three percent or 264 million of them are Christians.

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249 million Christians belong to an organized church.

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15 million are Christians who are not members of an organized church.

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7% or 20 million are non-Christians

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1.9% or 5.4 million are Muslims.

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1.9% or 5.4 million are Jews.

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0.6% or 1.7 million are atheists.

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0.3% or 0.9 million are Buddhists.

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0.3% or 0.9 million are other religionists.

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2% or 5.7 million are of other religions or are non-religious.

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70% or 199 million want SPOKEN prayers in public schools.

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28% or 79.5 million are opposed to spoken prayers in public schools.

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2% or 5.7 million have no opinion about it.

all non-Christians want spoken prayers in public schools, then of the 199 million, 20 million want non-Christian prayers and 179 million want Christian prayers.  Most jews seem to have the opinion of Dr. Richard Weiss:

But, if you try to IMPOSE your will and religious idealogies on my children, who are going to public school to receive a secular reducation (I responsibly take care of their religios upbringing personally, according to my own beliefs), I will FIGHT you and your cronies with every fiber of my body.  R. Weiss

Richard C. Weiss <weissrl@vetmed.auburn.edu>, Tuesday, January 25, 2000 10:23 AM

Atheists and agnostics don't want spoken prayers, so if it's assumed that Muslims want Mulsim prayer, Buddhists want Buddhist prayer, other religionists want their kind of prayer, and that all Christians want a Christian prayer, then a maximum of 6.6 million of the 199 million who want spoken prayers want a prayer other than a Christian prayer, and 192.4 million want Christian prayers.  This is 72.9% of all Christians and 67.7% of all Americans, enough public support for a Constitutional amendment to exile jews like Weiss.

 

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This is from http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001484.html

Religious Population of the World, 1996

(in thousands)

Statistics of the world's religions are only very rough approximations. Aside from Christianity, few religions, if any, attempt to keep statistical records; and even Protestants and Catholics employ different methods of counting members. All persons of whatever age who have received baptism in the Catholic Church are counted as members, while in most Protestant Churches only those who “join” the church are numbered. The compiling of statistics is further complicated by the fact that in China one may be at the same time a Confucian, a Taoist, and a Buddhist. In Japan, one may be both a Buddhist and a Shintoist.


distri-
bution

1


America


America

2

Total Religious Population3

5,804,120

100.0%

748,130

3,513,218

490,444

295,677

727,678

28,973

Christians (total)

1,955,229

33.7%

360,874

303,127

455,819

255,542

555,614

24,253

 Roman Catholics

981,465

16.9%

125,376

94,250

408,968

75,398

269,021

8,452

 Protestants

404,020

7.0%

114,726

45,326

34,816

121,361

79,534

8,257

 Orthodox

218,350

3.8%

25,215

13,970

460

6,390

171,665

650

 Anglicans

69,136

1.2%

27,200

650

1,089

6,300

28,357

5,540

 Other Christians

282,258

4.9%

68,357

148,931

10,486

46,093

7,037

1,354

Muslims4

1,126,325

19.4%

308,660

778,362

1,356

5,530

32,032

385

Nonreligious5

886,929

15.3%

3,567

752,759

16,053

21,315

90,390

2,845

Hindus6

793,076

13.7%

1,986

786,991

760

1,365

1,650

323

Buddhists7

325,275

5.6%

38

321,985

569

920

1,563

200

Atheists8

222,195

3.8%

440

175,450

3,010

1,850

40,845

600

Chinese folk religionists9

220,971

3.8%

13

220,653

68

100

120

17

New Religionists10

106,016

1.8%

21

103,361

919

900

803

11

Ethnic Religionists

102,945

1.8%

70,250

30,350

1,042

45

1,150

108

Sikhs

19,508

0.3%

37

18,465

9

496

494

7

Jews

13,866

0.2%

165

4,257

1,084

5,836

2,432

92

Spiritists

10,293

0.2%

5

1,120

8,834

315

18

1

Baha'is

6,404

0.1%

1,923

3,230

722

357

95

77

Confucians

5,086

0.1%

1

5,050

3

27

5

1

Jains

4,920

0.1%

59

4,835

5

5

16

1

Shintoists

2,898

2,893

1

2

1

1

Other Religionists11

1,952

90

100

190

1,072

450

50

Parsees

191

2

185

1

1

1

1

Mandeans

45

45

— 

— 

— 

1. Asia includes the former U.S.S.R. Central Asian republics.

2. Europe includes the Russian Federation, extending to its easternmost boundaries.

3. Total population figures are the U.N. medium variant figures for mid-1996.

4. Muslims: 83% Sunnis, 16% Shi'ites, 1% other.

5. Persons professing no religion, nonbelievers, agnostics, freethinkers, and formerly religious secularists.

6. Hindus: including 70% Vaishnavites, 25% Shaivites, 2% neo-Hindus and reform Hindus.

7. Buddhists: 56% Mahayana, 38% Theravada (Hinayana), and 6% Tantrayana (Lamaism).

8. Persons professing atheism, skepticism, disbelief, or antireligion (opposed to all religion).

9. Followers of the traditional Chinese religion (local deities, ancestor veneration, Confucian ethics, Taoism, universism, divination, some Buddhist elements).

10. Followers of Asian 20th-century New Religions, New Religious movements, radical new crisis religions, and non-Christian syncretistic mass religions, all founded since 1800 and most since 1945.

11. Including 70 minor world religions and a large number of spiritist religions, New Age religions, quasi-religions, and religious or mystic belief systems.

Reprinted with permission from 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. � 1997 Encyclop�dia Britannica, Inc.

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http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr990709.asp

[Do you favor] "Allowing daily prayer to be spoken in the classroom":

 Favor 

70%

 Oppose 

28%

 No opinion

2%

 Note that even this  poll from the leftist Gallup Organization shows that 70% of the American population favors spoken daily prayers in the classroom, which is now 198.8 million people who DO want school prayer, versus 79.5 million who reportedly don't.  This leftist poll even shows that 85% of Americans, or 241 million of them, are Christians.  But when all of the members of Christian churches, and other Christians who aren't members of organized churches, are added up, the figure is 93%, or 264 million.  In other words, more than a quarter of a billion Americans are Christians.

This leaves us with the following possible combinations.  At one extreme, if all of those who want school prayer are Christians, then the figures are:

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US Population = 284 million

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Total Christians  =  264 million

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Christians who want school prayer = 198.8 million

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Christians who opppose school prayer = 65.2 million

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Others who oppose school prayer = 14.3 million

the other extreme, if all of those who want school prayer are the non-Christians, then the figures are:

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US Population = 284 million

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Total Christians  =  264 million

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Christians who want school prayer = 178.8 million

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Christians who oppose school prayer = 85.2 million

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Others who want school prayer = 20 million

 

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Others who oppose school prayer = 0

way this is evaluated, those who oppose school prayer are a small MINORITY.  Do you really, really believe, deep down in your heart, that a MINORITY group of pagans and other non-Christians and pseudo-Christians should be permitted to control what the MAJORITY group of Christians want?

Those who *do* believe that ought to be just packed up and shipped out.  If you want to get an idea of what this country will look like in 20 years if we don't do just that, take a trip to Russia, where former Christians are still wandering around wondering what happened to their own culture.

US population clock http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

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A competing view of of the Christian population in the US is from Mapquest which reports that only 84% or 244 million of Americans are Catholics or Protestants

 

http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/usa.htm

 

Catholic or Orthodox

Protestant or other Christian

Total

28

56

84

 

 

2

 

 

40

 

 

30

 

10

10

9

 

9

9

 

9

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

5

 

 

3

 

 

2.3% 240 m Christians

 

 

1% 125 m Christians

75

25

100

92

8

100

99

 

99

94

5

99

99

 

99

90

9

99

38

60

98

2

95

98

90

2

92

31

21 plus 40 unaffiliated

92

 

91

91

1

89

90

3

86

89

3

86

89

a percentage*** there are fewer Christians in the US than there are in most Christian nations, AND as an absolute number, there are more Christians in India and China than there are in the US.

Only 84% of Americans are Catholics or Protestants, compared to 100% in Belgium and Ireland, 99% in Italy, Portugal, Monaco, and Spain, 98% in Germany and Denmark, 92% in France and Netherlands, 91% in Iceland, 90% in Finland, and 89% in Sweden and Norway.

Another interesting point about our "ally" in "Israel"--only 2% of its population is now Christians, down from 42% in 1923, which means there are 2,000 times as many Christians in China and 1,040 times as many in India!!!

***As a percentage*** of the population, compared to Israel, there are 20 times as many Christians in Ethiopia, 15 times as many in Lebanon, 5 times as many in Syria, 4 times as many in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, 3 times as many in Sudan, Jordan, and Egypt--AND FIFTY PERCENT MORE IN IRAQ!!!

A very small percentage of jews can pervert an entire once-powerful Christian nation.

 

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-prots21.html 

of Population Who Are Christians

US

Israel

Ethiopia

Lebanon

Syria

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Jordan

Egypt

Sudan

Iraq

India

China

Belgium

Ireland

Italy

Portugal

Spain

Monaco

Germany

Denmark

France

Netherlands

Iceland

Finland

Sweden

Norway

 



Protestants soon to be minority in U.S., study finds

July 21, 2004

BY CATHLEEN FALSANI Religion Reporter

's Protestant majority is about to disappear, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago.

Since the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock nearly 400 years ago, America has been a largely Protestant nation.

But as early as the end of this year, Protestants likely will make up less than 51 percent of the population for the first time in history, sociologists at the university's National Opinion Research Center surmise in a new report released Tuesday.

According to survey results from more than 43,000 Americans gathered over the last 30 years, the percentage of Protestants in the national population has shrunk from 63 percent in 1993 to 52 percent in 2002.

Surveys defined Protestant as any Christian denomination that was formed at the time of the Reformation or thereafter, including groups such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Tom Smith, director of the NORC's General Social Survey, where most of the data was collected.

"Our projection is that the Protestant percentage in the 2004 survey will probably be somewhere between 50 and 51 percent," Smith said. "It's particularly striking because for 30 years, it was absolutely stable.''

Smith said media have covered "the rise of nontraditional American religions ... and the rise of people without any faith, but what was missing from that story was, OK, the number of people with no faith was rising but nobody was paying attention to where they were coming from."

In the last 30 years, the number of people who say they were brought up with no religion at all has risen from 2 percent to 7 percent, according to the NORC report.

From 1993 to 2002, the number of people who said they had no religion rose from 9 percent to nearly 14 percent, and in that same time period the number of people who said they were raised Protestant fell from 64 percent to about 56 percent.

"There is some evidence that a large portion of this problem is that a fair number of marginal Protestants are not really engaged in their faith and therefore didn't pass it on to their kids," Smith said. "The mom and dad would say, for example, 'Yeah, we're Methodists,' but they never went to church. They'd baptize their kids and that's about it."

If the Protestant majority does indeed disappear, the United States will be a nation of religious minorities. The next largest religious group after Protestant is Roman Catholic, at about 25 percent. The Catholic population has remained stable over the last decade, according to the NORC study.

"The Catholic defection is [also] pretty large, but they are being replaced by immigrants," said R. Stephen Warner, a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, after reviewing the NORC report. "Christianity is becoming a religion of people of color. Part of this is the decline of the WASP."

The Rev. John Buchanan, pastor of Chicago's 5,200-member Fourth Presbyterian Church, said he welcomes the demise of the Protestant majority.

"I'm not applauding the Protestant decline . . . what I'm applauding is the viability of a truly diverse nation, a nation that opens its arms and heart to different races, different religions," said Buchanan, whose own congregation is bucking trends by doubling its attendance in the last decade.

"I think that's a better place to be than a nation that's dominated by one religion -- whatever it is."

RELIGIOUS TRENDS

PERCENTAGE OF THE U.S. POPULATION

Protestant

Catholic

Jewish

None

Other

62.5

27.4

3.0

5.1

1.9

63.9

25.7

2.1

7.1

1.2

63.1

23.0

2.1

9.0

2.8

52.4

25.5

1.5

13.8

6.9

Year

1972

1982

1993

2002

RAISED IN

Protestant

Catholic

Jewish

None

Other

64.3

29.0

2.8

2.3

1.6

62.4

30.8

2.9

3.1

0.7

64.0

27.4

2.2

4.4

2.1

55.7

30.7

1.9

7.2

4.5

Year

1973

1983

1993

2002

National Opinion Research Center/University of Chicago

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In the above Gallup Poll, had Founding Fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as well as many of our nation's leaders and politicians today, been asked which church they're affiliated with, they would have been listed in the "no preference" category, indicating that a large percentage if not all in that category are Christians who are not members of organized churches.  Conversely, jews and Muslims are identified by the fact that they ARE affiliated with established organizations.  The fact that Muslims in 1996 and 2002, and agnostics and atheists in 1996 were too few in number to be rounded off to one percent, suggests that their appearance in other years may be due to the extremely small sample size of most Gallup polls, whose margin of error is larger than these figures.   If so, this poll hides the fact that as many as 95% of Americans in 1996, 93% in 2001, and 94% in 2002, identified themselves as Christians, consistent with other polls and statistics.

 

 

World Religions

Religious Preference

June 1996

March 2001

2002

Christian

Jewish

Muslim

Other non-Christian

Atheist

Agnostic

Something else (SPECIFY)

No preference

Don't know/Refused

TOTAL

Afghanistan

Islam (Sunni 80%, Shiite 19%), other 1%

Albania

Islam 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10% (est.)

Algeria

Islam (Sunni) 99% (state religion), Christian and Jewish 1%

Andorra

Roman Catholic (predominant)

Angola

Indigenous 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)

Antigua and Barbuda

Christian (predominantly Anglican and other Protestant; some Roman Catholic)

Argentina

Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%

Armenia

Armenian Apostolic 95%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi 1%

Australia

Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican 21%, other Christian 21%, Buddhist 2%, Islam 2%, other 1%, none 15% (2001)

Austria

Roman Catholic 74%, Protestant 5%, Islam 4%, none 12% (2001)

Azerbaijan

Islam 93%, Russian Orthodox 3%, Armenian Orthodox 2%, other 2% (1995 est.)

Bahamas

Baptist 35%, Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 14%, Pentecostal 8%, Church of God 5%, Methodist 4%, other Christian 15% (2000)

Bahrain

Islam (Shiite and Sunni) 81%, Christian 9%

Bangladesh

Islam 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1% (1998)

Barbados

Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

Belarus

Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)

Belgium

Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%

Belize

Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7%, Anglican 5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Mennonite 4%, Methodist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%), none 9%, other 14% (2000)

Benin

indigenous 50%, Christian 30%, Islam 20%

Bhutan

Lamaistic Buddhist 75%, Indian- and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 25%

Bolivia

Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Islam 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 14%

Botswana

Christian 72%, Badimo 6%, none 21% (2001)

Brazil

Roman Catholic 74%, Protestant 15%, Spiritualist 1%, none 7% (2000)

Brunei

Islam (official religion) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs and other 10%

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Orthodox 83%, Islam 12%, other Christian 1% (2001)

Burkina Faso

Islam 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

Burundi

Roman Catholic 62%, indigenous 23%, Islam 10%, Protestant 5%

Cambodia

Theravada Buddhist 95%, others 5%

Cameroon

indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Islam 20%

Canada

Roman Catholic 43%, Protestant 23% (including United Church 10%, Anglican 7%, Baptist 2%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4%, Muslim 2%, none 16% (2001)

Cape Verde

Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Central African Republic

indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant and Roman Catholic (both with animist influence) 25% each, Islam 15%

Chad

Islam 51%, Christian 35%, animist 7%, other 7%

Chile

Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 11%, small Jewish population

China

Officially atheist; Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%–4%, Muslim 1%–2% (2002 est.)

Colombia

Roman Catholic 90%

Comoros

Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Islam 10%; other syncretic and indigenous 10%

Congo, Republic of

Christian 50%, animist 48%, Islam 2%

Costa Rica

Roman Catholic 76%, Evangelical 14%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1%, other Protestant 1%, other 5%, none 3%

Côte d'Ivoire

indigenous 25%–40%, Islam 35%–40%, Christian 20%–30% (2001)

Croatia

Roman Catholic 88%, Orthodox 4%, Muslim 1%, other Christian less than 1%, none 5% (2001)

Cuba

predominantly Roman Catholic and Santería (Afro-Cuban syncretic religion)

Cyprus

Greek Orthodox 78%, Islam 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%

Czech Republic

Roman Catholic 27%, Protestant 2%, unaffiliated 59% (2001)

Denmark

Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%

Djibouti

Islam 94%, Christian 6%

Dominica

Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%

Dominican Republic

Roman Catholic 95%

East Timor

Roman Catholic 90%, Islam 4%, Protestant 3%, Hindu 0.5%, Buddhist, animist (1992 est.)

Ecuador

Roman Catholic 95%

Egypt

Islam (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, Christian 1%, other 6%

El Salvador

Catholics 83%; growing population of evangelical Protestants (1992)

Equatorial Guinea

nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices

Eritrea

Islam, Eritrean Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic, Protestant

Estonia

Evangelical Lutheran 14%, Russian Orthodox 13%, other Christian (including Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal) 1%, unaffiliated 34%, none 6% (2001)

Ethiopia

Islam 45%–50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%–40%, animist 12%, other 3%–8%

Fiji

Christian 52% (Methodist 37%, Roman Catholic 9%), Hindu 38%, Islam 8%, other 2%

Finland

Evangelical Lutheran 84%, Greek Orthodox 1%, other Christian 1%, none 14%

France

Roman Catholic 83%–88%, Protestant 2%, Islam 5%–10%, Jewish 1%, unaffiliated 4%

Gabon

Christian 55%–75%, animist, Islam less than 1%

Gambia

Islam 90%, Christian 9%, indigenous 1%

Georgia

Orthodox 84%, Islam 10%, Armenian-Gregorian 4%, Catholic 1% (2002)

Germany

Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Islam 4%, Unaffiliated or other 28%

Ghana

Christian 63%, indigenous beliefs 21%, Islam 16%

Greece

Greek Orthodox 98%, Islam 1%, other 1%

Grenada

Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 14%, other Protestant 33%

Guatemala

Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs

Guinea

Islam 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous 7%

Guinea-Bissau

indigenous beliefs 50%, Islam 45%, Christian 5%

Guyana

Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Islam 10%, other 5%

Haiti

Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), other 3%, none 1%. Note: roughly half the population practices Vaudou

Honduras

Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%

Hungary

Roman Catholic 52%, Calvinist 16%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 3%, other Christian 1%, unaffiliated 15% (2001)

Iceland

Lutheran Church of Iceland 85.5%, Reykjavik Free Church 2.1%, Roman Catholic Church 2%, Hafnarfjorour Free Church 1.5%, other Christian 2.7%, other or unspecified 3.8%, unaffiliated 2.4% (2004)

India

Hindu 81%, Islam 13%, Christian 2%, Sikh 2% (2001)

Indonesia

Islam 88%, Protestant 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist 1% (1998)

Iran

Islam 98% (Shi'a 89%, Sunni 9%); Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i 2%

Iraq

Islam 97% (Shiite 60%–65%, Sunni 32%–37%), Christian or other 3%

Ireland

Roman Catholic 88%, Church of Ireland 3%, other Christian 2%, none 4%

Israel

Judaism 77%, Islam 16%, Christian 2%, Druze 2% (2003)

Italy

Roman Catholic approx. 90%, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic

Jamaica

Protestant 61.3%, (Church of God 21.2%, Baptist 8.8%, Anglican 5.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 7.6%, Methodist 2.7%, United Church 2.7%, Brethren 1.1%, Jehovah's Witness 1.6%, Moravian 1.1%), Roman Catholic 4%, other including some spiritual cults 34.7%

Japan

Shintoist and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)

Jordan

Islam (Sunni) 92%, Christian 6% (mostly Greek Orthodox), other 2%

Kazakhstan

Islam 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%

Kenya

Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Islam 10%, others 2% (note: estimates vary widely)

Kiribati

Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congregational) 40%, some Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha'i, Latter-day Saints, and Church of God (1999)

Korea, North

Buddhism and Confucianism; religious activities almost nonexistent

Korea, South

no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%

Kuwait

Islam 85% (Sunni 70%, Shiite 30%); Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

Kyrgyzstan

Islam 75%; Russian Orthodox 20%; other 5%

Laos

Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40% (including Christian 2%)

Latvia

Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox

Lebanon

Islam 60% (Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite/Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite, Melkite, Syrian, Armenian, and Roman Catholic; Greek, Armenian, and Syrian Orthodox; Chaldean; Assyrian; Copt; Protestant), other 1%

Lesotho

Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Liberia

traditional 40%, Christian 40%, Islam 20%

Libya

Islam (Sunni) 97%

Liechtenstein

Roman Catholic, 77%, Protestant, 7%; unknown, 11% (2002)

Lithuania

Roman Catholic 79%, Russian Orthodox 4%, Protestant (including Lutheran, evangelical Christian Baptist) 2%, none 10% (2001)

Luxembourg

Roman Catholic 87%; Protestant, Jewish, Islamic 13% (2000)

Macedonia

Macedonian Orthodox 32%, Islam 17% (2002)

Madagascar

indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Islam 7%

Malawi

Christian 80%, Islam 13%, none 4% (1998)

Malaysia

Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; Shamanism (East Malaysia)

Maldives

Islam (Sunni)

Mali

Islam 90%, indigenous beliefs 9%, Christian 1%

Malta

Roman Catholic 98%

Marshall Islands

Protestant 55%, Assembly of God 26%, Roman Catholic 8%, Bukot nan Jesus 3%, Mormon 2%, other Christian 4%, none 2% (1999)

Mauritania

Islam 100%

Mauritius

Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 24%, other Christian 8%, Islam 17% (2000)

Mexico

nominally Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%

Micronesia

Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%

Moldova

Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5% (2000)

Monaco

Roman Catholic 90%

Mongolia

Buddhist Lamaist 50%, Islam 4%, Shamanism and Christian 4%, none 40% (2004)

Montenegro

Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic

Morocco

Islam 99%, Christian 1%

Mozambique

Mozambique 24%, Islam 18%, Zionist Christian 18%, none 23% (1997)

Myanmar

Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Islam 4%, Animist 1%, other 2%

Namibia

Christian 80%–90% (Lutheran at least 50%), indigenous beliefs 10%–20%

Nauru

Christian (two-thirds Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic)

Nepal

Hindu 81%, Buddhist 11%, Islam 4%, Kirant 4% (2001)

Netherlands

Roman Catholic 31%, Dutch Reformed 13%, Calvinist 7%, Islam 6%, none 41% (2002)

New Zealand

Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 12%, Presbyterian 11%, Methodist 3%, Pentecostal 2%, Baptist 1%, other Christian 9%, none 26% (2001)

Nicaragua

Roman Catholic 73%, Evangelical 15%, Moravian 2%, none 9% (1995)

Niger

Islam 80%, indigenous beliefs and Christian 20%

Nigeria

Islam 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

Norway

Evangelical Lutheran 86% (state church), Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2% (2004)

Oman

Islam: Ibadhi 75%, Sunni, Shi'a; Hindu

Pakistan

Islam 97% (Sunni 77%, Shiite 20%); Christian, Hindu, and other 3%

Palau

Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 23%, Modekngei 9% (indigenous), Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Jehovah's Witness 1%, Latter-Day Saints 1%, other religion 3%, unspecified or none 16% (2000)

Palestinian State (proposed)

West Bank: Islam 75% (predominantly Sunni), Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%; Gaza Strip: Islam 98.7% (predominantly Sunni), Christian 0.7%, Jewish 0.6%.

Panama

Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%

Papua New Guinea

Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian/Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous beliefs 34%

Paraguay

Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, other Protestant 10%

Peru

Roman Catholic 81%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Christian 1%, unspecified or none 16% (2003 est.)

Philippines

Roman Catholic 81%, Evangelical 3%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 5%, Islam 5% (2000)

Poland

Roman Catholic 90% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox 1%, Protestant and other (2002)

Portugal

Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant (1995)

Qatar

Islam 95%

Romania

Romanian Orthodox 87%, Protestant 8%, Roman Catholic 5%, Islam and other (2002)

Russia

Russian Orthodox 15%–20%, other Christian 2%, Islam 10%–15% (2006 est.; includes practicing worshippers only)

Rwanda

Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Islam 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)

St. Kitts and Nevis

Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

St. Lucia

Roman Catholic 68%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 6%, Evangelical 2%, Anglican 2%, other Christian 5%, Rastafarian 2%, none 5% (2001)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant

Samoa

Congregationalist 34.8%, Roman Catholic 19.6%, Methodist 15%, Latter-Day Saints 12.7%, Assembly of God 6.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.5%, other Christian 4.5%, Worship Centre 1.3%, other 1.7%, unspecified 0.1% (2001)

San Marino

Roman Catholic

São Tomé and Príncipe

Catholic 70%, Evangelical 3%, New Apostolic 2%, Adventist 2%, other 3%, none 19% (2001)

Saudi Arabia

Islam 100%

Senegal

Islam 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous 1%

Serbia

Serbian Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Protestant

Seychelles

Roman Catholic 83%, Anglican 6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Christian 3%, Hindu 2%, Muslim 1%, none 1%

Sierra Leone

Islam 60%, indigenous 30%, Christian 10%

Singapore

Buddhist 43%, Islam 15%, Taoist 9%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 5%, other Christian 10%, none 15% (2000)

Slovakia

Roman Catholic 69%, Protestant 11%, Greek Catholic 4%, none 13% (2001)

Slovenia

Catholic 58% Orthodox 2%, other Christian 1%, Islam 2%, none 10%

Solomon Islands

Church of Melanesia 33%, Roman Catholic 19%, Seventh-Day Adventist 11%, United Church 10%, Christian Fellowship Church 2%, other Christian 4% (1999)

Somalia

Islam (Sunni)

South Africa

Zion Christian 11%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8%, Catholic 7%, Methodist 7%, Dutch Reformed 7%, Anglican 4%, other Christian 36%, Islam 2%, none 15% (2001)

Spain

Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%

Sri Lanka

Buddhist 70%, Islam 8%, Hindu 7%, Christian 6% (2001)

Sudan

Islam (Sunni) 70% (in north), indigenous 25%, Christian 5% (mostly in south and Khartoum)

Suriname

Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Islam 19.6%, indigenous 5%

Swaziland

Zionist (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship) 40%; Roman Catholic 20%; Muslim 10%; Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish, and other 30%

Sweden

Lutheran 87%, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist

Switzerland

Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 35%, Orthodox 2%, Muslim 4%, none 11% (2000)

Syria

Islam (Sunni) 74%; Alawite, Druze, and other Islamic sects 16%; Christian (various sects) 10%; Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)

Taiwan

mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%

Tajikistan

Islam: Sunni 85%, Shiite 5%; other 10% (2003 est.)

Tanzania

mainland: Christian 30%, Islam 35%, indigenous 35%; Zanzibar: more than 99% Islam

Thailand

Buddhist 95%, Islam 5%, Christian 1% (2000)

Togo

Indigenous beliefs 51%, Christian 29%, Islam 20%

Tonga

Christian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)

Trinidad and Tobago

Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican 8%, Baptist 7%, Pentecostal 7%, Seventh-Day Adventist 4%, other Christian 6%, Hindu 22%, Islam 6%, none 2%

Tunisia

Islam (Sunni) 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%

Turkey

Islam (mostly Sunni) 99.8%, other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

Turkmenistan

Islam 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%

Tuvalu

Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, Baha'i 1%

Uganda

Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33%, Islam 16%, indigenous beliefs 18%

Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox (Kiev Patriarchate 19%, Moscow Patriarchate 9%, no particular division 16%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic 6%, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 2%, Protestant, Jewish, none 38% (2004)

United Arab Emirates

Islam 96% (Sunni 80%, Shiite 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%

United Kingdom

Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001)

United States

Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, none 10% (2002)

Uruguay

Roman Catholic 66%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%

Uzbekistan

Islam (mostly Sunnis) 88%, Eastern Orthodox 9%

Vanuatu

Presbyterian 31%, Anglican 13%, Roman Catholic 13%, Seventh-Day Adventist 11%, other Christian 14%, indigenous beliefs 6% (including Jon Frum Cargo cult), none 1%

Vatican City (Holy See)

Roman Catholic.

Venezuela

Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%

Vietnam

Buddhist 9%, Catholic 7%, Hoa Hao 2%, Cao Dai 1%, Protestant, Islam, none 81%

Western Sahara (proposed state)

Islam

Yemen

Islam (including Sunni and Shiite), small numbers of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu

Zambia

Christian 50%–75%, Islam and Hindu 24%–49%, indigenous beliefs 1%

Zimbabwe

syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%