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    Lightbulb Religious-political global growth

    Here is a fascinating map that shows the religious-political growth of multiple religions:

    Map shows how religion spread around the world - Business Insider

    (it takes about two minutes to view)
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    Needs a update...half of Germanys kids are now Muslim.

    Paris is a crap hole ....I would say it's Islamic now

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    It will be interesting to see an update in 15-30 years when China is projected to become "the world's most Christian country".

    China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years - Telegraph

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomE View Post
    It will be interesting to see an update in 15-30 years when China is projected to become "the world's most Christian country".

    China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years - Telegraph
    Looking at it from a long-term perspective (several centuries), it seems that Christianity is stifled under extreme prosperity, but grows under persecution. It's ironic. Here's an interesting quote and an interesting article:

    Quote: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."

    Article: Sorry, Tertullian | Christianity Today
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    I think that the map is accurate in broad outline but it isn't accurate in detail.

    One thing it doesn't address is that oftentimes multiple religions coexist in the same territory and sometimes in the same individual. That's especially true in China (Communism, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and many village traditions), Japan (Shinto and Buddhism) and Sub-Saharan Africa (competing Christianity and Islam, along with many still active native traditions).

    It isn't just the non-Western world either. Here in California where I live, every religion on Earth (and 16 alien planets) has an active presence. We have every denomination of Christian, we have Hindu and Jain mandirs, we have Buddhist temples of many varieties (Theravada, several varieties of Tibetan, Pure Land, Zen), we have Muslim mosques (Sunni, several varieties of Shi'ite and Ahmadiyya), Jewish synagogues of multiple varieties), Sikhs, eclectic New Agers in countless forms, 'human potential' pop-psychologists , Rosicrucians, you name it.

    I think that with the rise of the internet and global influences, where all of the world's cultural influences are at your fingertips (and maybe in your face), super-market-style choose-your-own individualist spirituality is going to become more and more common worldwide. Pick a little of this, a little of that, and then shape it into a sort of religiosity appropriate to you. The Christians and especially the Muslims will try to resist that tendency (violently in the case of the Muslims) but it's most definitely the next new thing in human religiosity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heirophant View Post
    Here in California where I live, every religion on Earth has an active presence.
    California has the benefit of United States Constitutional protections, to include religious protections.

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    ... oftentimes multiple religions coexist in the same territory...
    That is true, as long as you are excluding Muslim dominated nations where Sharia Law is enforced, Christians who refuse to convert to Islam are branded as "second class citizens" and they must pay an infidel tax, among other discriminatory measures, up to and including repatriation of their properties or death by execution.

    All nations where Islam becomes the dominate religion will persecute infidels (other religions).

    It is possible for Muslims to co-exist in nations where Islamism is only a minority. Europe is seeing what happens when the Muslim population begins to grow significantly. At the rate of Islamic growth in Europe, Muslims will become the majority (looking at it from a long-term centuric perspective).

    Quote Originally Posted by heirophant View Post
    I think that with the rise of the internet... where all the world's cultural influences are at your fingertips... super-market-style choose-your-own spirituality is going to become more common worldwide. Pick a little of this, a little of that, and shape it into a religiosity appropriate to you. The Christians and especially the Muslims will try to resist that tendency (violently in the case of the Muslims)...
    Sharia Law and Jihadism are intolerant of other religions, based on the Koran. Interestingly, Muslims in Muslim dominated countries are equally intolerant of opposing forms of Islamism, such as Sunni verses Shiite (look at how they are executing and warring against each other in the Middle East).
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