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Friday, June 02, 2006

The Numbers Game and Claims to Legitimacy

Some interesting factoids. With all of the various religions out there claiming to be the fastest growing religion in the world, which one is correct?

Islam claims to be the fastest growing, and by sheer numbers this is true, but it is not completely accurate.

Hasidic Judaism does not claim to be the fastest growing, but it is the fastest growing religion in the world based on growth percentage. The number of Hasidic Jews is doubling every 6 years. No other religion in the world is matching this feat.

Mormonism claims to be the fastest growing religion in the world, and it is the fastest growing by numbers in terms of converts. When the frantic breeding pace of the Muslim world is removed from the equation, the Mormons are outstripping the Muslims.

So, depending on how you measure growth, we have 3 different fastest growing religions in the world.

Don’t you just love statistics?

4 Comments:

  • Just what we need.

    More reliigous people arguing about whose God is the best!

    Bah! :-)

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 3:02 AM  

  • Actually yes, I do love statistics.

    Then, that's what I do.

    By Anonymous rightwingprof, at 9:02 AM  

  • Stats are cool, but obviously prone to misuse and interpretation.

    That's why I always take them with a grain of salt, and ALWAYS consider the source.

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 7:01 AM  

  • Islam claims to be the fastest growing, and by sheer numbers this is true, but it is not completely accurate.


    they dont claim it, statistics show it. and how can u say its not accurate if all surveys show this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:29 PM  

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