12 Facts About Christians


Christians make up the majority of the population in 158 countries and territories.

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About half of all Christians worldwide are Catholic, while more than a third are Protestant.

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In recent history, Christians have experienced persecution of varying severity, especially in the Middle-East, North Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.

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The city of Antioch, where someone gave them the name Christians, had a reputation for coming up with such nicknames.

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Linda Woodhead attempts to provide a common belief thread for Christians by noting that "Whatever else they might disagree about, Christians are at least united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance.

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In Northern India, Christians call themselves Isaai, and are known by this term to adherents of other religions.

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Today, Christians are referred to in Standard Japanese as or the English-derived term.

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Christians have composed about 33 percent of the world's population for around 100 years.

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Pew Center study about religion and education around the world in 2016, found that Christians ranked as the second most educated religious group around in the world after Jews with an average of 9.

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Christians were found to have the second highest number of graduate and post-graduate degrees per capita while in absolute numbers ranked in the first place.

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In 2017, Open Doors estimated approximately 260 million Christians are subjected annually to "high, very high, or extreme persecution" with North Korea considered the most hazardous nation for Christians.

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In 2019, a report commissioned by the United Kingdom's Secretary of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to investigate global persecution of Christians found religious persecution has increased, and is highest in the Middle East, North Africa, India, China, North Korea, and Latin America, among others, and that it is global and not limited to Islamic states.

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