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January 15, 2013 4:13 pm

Study: Less Than 1 Percent of World’s Christians Live in Their Religion’s Birthplace

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Despite their religion’s origins in the Middle East, a miniscule percentage of Christians remain in that region, a recent survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed.

According to the Pew Research Center’s newly released December 2012 “Global Religious Landscape Study,” just 0.6 percent of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians now live in the Middle East and North Africa. Overall, Christians comprise only 4 percent of the region’s population, down from more than 20 percent from a century ago, the Times of Israel reported.

Meanwhile, 93 percent of the region is Muslim and just 1.6 percent is Jewish.

The shrinking number of Christians in the region can be attributed to a number of factors, including wealth, education, low birthrates and persecution. Today an increasing number of Middle East Christians, especially Egyptian and Syrian Christians, are fleeing the region due to the rise of Islamic extremism associated with the Arab Spring revolutions.

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  • Mike P.

    Israelis would do well to understand this statistic.

    If you can defend yourself in the Middle East as a non-Muslim, you can grow.

    If you are a minority in a Muslim land, you will shrink–fast.

    The article fails to cite murder, rape, marriage and pressures to convert (including property expropriation) as additional factors in the decline of Middle East Christians.

    1.5 million Armenian Christians in Turkey were murdered by the Turks, over 1 million of the 2.4 million Sudanese murdered by Arabs were Christian, nearly 100,000 Lebanese Christians were murdered by Palestinians and by Lebanese Muslims.