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Letter: Christianity by the numbers

To the Editor:

For David Ferrie, Robert Lemke and the rest of the readers who have a Christ-centric view of the world (much as Christianity once had an earth-centric view of the universe, prior to Copernicus):

First, Judaism, Islam and Christianity do all share the same deity. It is why they are generally referred to as the Abrahamic religions. Their beliefs and worship have diverged over time, but they share the same starting point – the God of Abraham. Don't take my word for it – look it up.

Second, among the world's 12 major religions, Christianity is the largest – at about 33 percent of world population (2.4 billion). Some points to consider about that figure:

• That means that about two-thirds of the world's population (5+ billion) are not Christians.

• Among that 5+ billion, SNAA – Secular, Nonreligious, Agnostic or Atheist – account for about half as many as aggregated Christianity (1.2 billion).

• Aggregated Christianity is an exceptionally diverse group. It includes all Catholics (Roman, Greek, Russian, Serbian, etc.), traditional Protestants (Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, etc.), LDS (Mormons), 7th Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Friends (Quakers) and more. If you were to take the time to examine them, you might find that there is often more disagreement between religions within the broad blanket of "Christianity" than between some Christian and non-Christian religions. 

So who is right, and why exactly? The answer that "it's in the book" is not really an answer. There are a lot of books and billions of people who believe that their book is the right book.

The numbers cited above can vary somewhat, depending on the reference source you choose. But the overall rankings don't.  

Just food for thought, if your mind allows that.

Dennis McGann

New Lenox 

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