While no numbers such as these can be perfect, these are some charts that I keep up with using multiple sources, including the CIA, Religious Tolerance.com, patheos.com, and others. I thought I would share them. Click on the charts to enlarge.




C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    11 replies to "Christianity By the Numbers"

    • […] Patton of Parchment & Pen has just posted six useful pie-charts. The first two depict the percentage split between the world […]

    • Stuart

      Brilliant resource thank you for posting it!

    • Chuck

      Great charts. Have some questions about the last two though. There are some inconsistencies between the numbers and the percentages. For example, Presby/Reformed and Methodists are of the same size numerically, but differ in size on a percentage basis. And the Presby/Reformed are greater in size numerically than the Lutherans and Anglicans/Episcopal, yet are shown as smaller than both in percentages. So, I guess the specific question is…which chart is the more accurate and indicative. Or am I missing something?

    • casey

      Great charts! Any information on major trends? Growth, decline, geographies?

    • Michael T.

      dispensationalists and their charts…

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    • Vladimir

      Its interesting that of the percentages only 34 % are professing Christians, whereas 66(6) % are lost. Hell truly has enlarged herself.


    • Michael T.

      I wonder how 34% Christian compares to things historically. I’m going to guess that it’s probably not as bad as it seems. In the Middle Ages for instance Europe was Christian, but the entire rest of the known world at the time (Africa and Asia) wasn’t. Today we are seeing a reversal where Europe has become largely secular while Christianity it experiencing an explosion in Africa and parts of Asia.

    • Ray

      Thanks for the graphics!

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