Asia

Religion in India

Five facts on religion in India from Pew Research:

  1. India’s massive population includes not only the vast majority of the world’s Hindus, but also the second-largest group of Muslims within a single country, behind only Indonesia. 
  2. India is a religiously pluralistic and multiethnic democracy – the largest in the world.
  3. Indians experience “high” levels of government restrictions on religion.
  4. India has high levels of religion-related social hostilities.
  5. Most Indians are concerned about religious tensions, but even larger shares are worried about several other national issues.

India is home to 1.4 billion people – almost one-sixth of the world’s population.

According to Pew Research, by 2050, India’s Muslim population will grow to 311 million, making it the largest Muslim population in the world.

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Christianity is spreading in South-East Asia

 

From the Economist:

Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity is growing more quickly in Asia than most parts of the world, with over 200m adherents in 2015, up from 17m in 1970. The largest congregations are in South Korea and the Philippines, where dazzlingly large mega-churches hold tens of thousands of people. But Christian zeal is also increasing in other parts of the continent, including Indonesia and Malaysia, where proselytising among the Muslim majority is well nigh impossible, but where Buddhists, Confucians and Christians of other denominations, almost all of them ethnically Chinese, are proving receptive.

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150-Asia to the World — Kumar Pillai

Kumar shares the story of multiplying movements of disciples and churches across Asia that spill over to the rest of the world.

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136-Pioneering movements in India

 Colin Craggs (L) Carolyn Craggs (R) and local partners.

Colin Craggs (L) Carolyn Craggs (R) and local partners.

In this episode I talk to Colin and Carolyn Craggs in India.

UPDATE: The link is fixed. You can listen and download the episode.

The spread of the world's Muslim population

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making Islam the world’s second-largest religious tradition after Christianity.
Although many people, especially in the United States, may associate Islam with countries in the Middle East or North Africa, nearly two-thirds (62%) of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center analysis.
More Muslims live in India and Pakistan (344 million combined) than in the entire Middle East-North Africa region (317 million).
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Why Nepal Has One Of The World's Fastest-Growing Christian Populations

NPR is trying to work out, Why Nepal Has One Of The World's Fastest-Growing Christian Populations

Bishwa Mani Pokharel, news chief at Nepal's Nagarik newspaper, pulls out copies of the census to show the statistical gallop of Christianity across Nepal. It listed no Christians in 1951 and just 458 in 1961. By 2001, there were nearly 102,000. A decade later that number had more than tripled to more than 375,000. Pokharel and others think the increase is really much higher but inaccurately reported.

"Before, when the Christians had a party, they slaughtered a chicken. Now, they slaughter a goat," says Pokharel, who has been reporting on the conversions. That extra meat, he explains, is necessary to feed all of the new people who've joined the guest list.

Churches now mushroom throughout the Kathmandu Valley and across the terraced hills. Proselytizing remains illegal, but with political instability and weak law enforcement, that doesn't stop it from happening.

The article focuses on what you can see above the surface. What they don’t see is that this is a grass root movement of multiplying disciples and churches. 

UPDATE: If you want to know what’s happening under the surface in Nepal, have a listen to any of the podcasts by Nathan Shank.