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“The World Christian Database is the most
complete analysis of religious demographics
available; its scope and depth is unsurpassed by
any other source.”
Brian J. Grim, Pennsylvania State University
“The World Christian Database is a valuable
resource for faculty, students, and religious
practitioners seeking information about the religious
characteristics of all countries in the world.”
Robert Wuthnow, Center for the Study of
Religion, Princeton University
find data on
• World Religions
• 9,000 Denominations
• 13,000 Ethnolinguistic Peoples
• 5,000 Cities
• 3,000 Provinces
• 238 Countries
World Christian Database
Global Statistics and Trends of World Christianity and World Religions
World Christian Database
General Editor: Todd M. Johnson, Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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Designed for professionals, scholars, and students, information
is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious
literature, worker activity, and demography. Additional secular
data is included on population, health, education, languages,
and communication. All this information makes the WCD an
invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christian and
religious demography and the history of Christianity, including
religion scholars, historians, and social scientists.
The World Christian Database
The World Christian Database (WCD) includes detailed
information on all major world religions. Extensive religious
and secular statistics are available on 9,000 Christian
denominations, 238 countries and 13,000 ethnolinguistic
peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. The WCD
incorporates the core data from the World Christian Encyclopedia
(WCE) and World Christian Trends (WCT). However, statistics in
the WCD constitute a significant update of the data published in
WCE/WCT in 2001. WCD is an initiative of the Center for the Study
of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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A full-time staff is dedicated to updating and maintaining the
WCD. New information from thousands of sources is reviewed on
a weekly basis to continually refine and improve the database.
Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D., (William Carey International
University, 1993), is Research Fellow for Global Christianity
at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. He
is the author of many books and articles on global Christian
and religious demographics and co-author of World Christian
Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2001) and World Christian
Trends (William Carey Library, 2001).
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• What cities have the fewest number of Christians?
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• What country has the largest number of atheists in 1900? In 2010?
Detaile d religious and de mogr aphic statistic s inc lude
• Population and Adherents (for 1900, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2025, 2050)
• Demographics (birth rate, adult percentage, life expectancy)
• Health (HIV rates, access to water, mortality)
• Education (literacy percentage, schools, universities)
• Communication (scripture access, religious freedom)
• Christian personnel
• Evangelism rates
• Status of missions work
• Lists of Christian denominations in every country
• Country, regional, and global estimates of Pentecostals and Charismatics
• Status of Bible translation
A large majority of the data collected
for the WCD comes from published
and unpublished sources, field work,
interviews, and questionnaires.
• Around 5,000 statistical questionnaires
returned by churches and national
collaborators over the period 1982present
• Field surveys and interviews on the spot
in over 200 countries
• A mass of unpublished documentation
on all countries, collected on the
field, including reports, memoranda,
photographs, maps, statistical
summaries, and historical documents
• Around 4,500 printed contemporary
descriptions of churches, describing
denominations, movements, countries
and confessions
• Officially-published reports of 500
government-organized national censuses
of population
• A series of in-depth interviews with
bishops, church leaders, and theologians
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