Devotees ride on the roof of a train as they return to the city after attending the final prayers on the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema in Dhaka

Study: Muslims To Outnumber Christians Worldwide At 2070

Huge numbers of Muslims gather for a meeting in Bangladesh.

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Shifts in the world’s major religions will see Islam growing faster than any other faith, with the number of Muslims nearly equaling that of Christians by 2050.

A new Pew Research Center study finds that with the exception of Buddhists, the world’s major religions will all see an increase in numbers by 2050, although some will make up a smaller percentage from today. Muslims are the only major religious group projected to increase faster than the world’s population as a whole.

Over the coming four decades, Christianity will remain the world’s largest religious affiliation, but Islam will see a major increase that will make the two religions nearly equal in numbers by 2050. In 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with 2.2 billion followers of the faith and composing nearly one-third (31 percent) of the Earth’s 6.9 billion people. Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent of the world’s population.

If current fertility rates and youth populations continue to grow at their current rate, Muslims will make up 10 percent of Europe’s overall population by 2050. Islam is expected to nearly match Christianity in the coming four decades as a result of a “comparatively youthful” population with high fertility rates…

  • cmh

    They will have slaughtered so many of us non muslims by then that it’s no surprise at all….that and their prolific breeding combined will likely make this a reality well before the 2070 estimate

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You can’t breed if you can’t eat.

  • Alain

    I put this right up there with the prediction of the population bomb so many years back which just never happened. I am not suggesting that Islam is not a threat to civilisation, and certainly I am not suggesting that the West can continue with its insane mass Muslim immigration. I do however suggest that the fat lady has not yet sung.

    • Frau Katze

      The population bomb is in fact happening in a few countries. While all of the West, Far East Asia and even many Muslim countries are at or below replacement level, this is not the case in most of Africa. In Niger, women have an average of 7 children over their lifetimes.

      • adam

        The key is to keep them “over there” and not let too many immigrate to the West. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening. The Pew 10% figure (even if it’s accurate, which I doubt) obscures the fact that in certain European countries, the percentage will be significantly higher, perhaps 25% or more.

        What’s more, the Muslim population will be much younger and more urban. It’s an Islamic future in Europe, and I think European elites will accommodate themselves to that fact. Don’t be surprised to see politicians, social and business elites “revert” in coming decades. Just as there is no place for Jews in Europe going forward, there will be no place for non-Muslims either.