What percentage of people are Protestant?

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2006-07-07 12:25:29

Okay, not quite sure what you're asking (percent of Christians,

Americans, people in the world, etc.), but here we go. Christians

(all Christians including Protestants, Catholics, Easter Orthodox):

2.1 billion (33% of the world) Muslims: 1.3 billion

Atheists/Non-religious/etc.: 1.1 billion Hinduism: 900 million

Chinese religions (Confuscionism, Daoism, etc.): 394 million

Buddhism: 376 million Judaism: 14 million Of those 2.1 billion

Christians Roman Catholic: 1.1-1.2 billion Orthodox: 240-250

million and Protestants are hard because no one is sure who counts

as a Protestant and who doesn't. Do all non-Catholic/Orthodox

count? Do Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Anglicans count?

Personally, I adhere to the belief that if you're not Catholic or

Orthodox and yet still Christian, you're Protestant unless you're

church was around before the Catholic and Orthodox churches (you're

probably protesting against something, right?). So by that logic we

have: Protestants: 630 million Making Protestants about 30% of all

Christians. Which therefore makes them about 9% of the total world

population. However, in America Protestants make up over 50% of all

Americans (not including Mormons) although the Catholic Church is

still the biggest single Christian denomination in the US. The most

up to date information I could find was from 2001, so some of these

figures may have changed somewhat, but I'm still willing to be

Protestants make up the majority of Americans, Catholics make up

the majority of Christians, and Christians make up somewhere around

a third of the world's population.

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