Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Orthodox Christianity in the 21st century

Orthodox Christianity in the 21st century

Orthodox Christianity in the 21st century

Over the last century, the Orthodox Christian population around the world has more than doubled and now stands at nearly 260 million. Yet despite this increase in absolute number, Orthodox Christians – who remain concentrated in Europe – have been declining as a share of the overall Christian population and the global population due to far faster growth among Protestants, Catholics and non-Christians, primarily outside of Europe. The largest Orthodox community outside of Europe is in Ethiopia, where Orthodox Christians are highly observant and growing quickly. A new Pew Research Center report looks at a variety of survey and demographic resources to paint a picture of Orthodox Christianity today.
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Central and Eastern European countries and their state-religion relationship

Many Central and Eastern Europeans see link between religion and national identity

Atheist regimes dominated much of Central and Eastern Europe until the fall of the Iron Curtain and collapse of the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1991. Today, however, many of the governments in the region have an official state religion or an unofficial preferred faith. In such countries, people are more likely to see religion and national identity as entwined, compared with citizens of neighboring Central and Eastern European states that lack official or favored faiths, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis.

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