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Christianity Indonesia: Borneo - Iban - 20.00% - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 181. "Brunei, a Malay nation as early as the year 600, is surrouned by Borneo Iban tribesmen, 20 percent of whom were Christian by the early 1980s. "
Christianity Indonesia: Kalimantan Tengah - 16.21% - - 1980 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 581. "According to the 1980 census... of the population of Kalimantan Tengah... 14.27% of the provincial population was Protestant and 1.94% was Catholic... "
Christianity Indonesia: Minahasa - 90.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 516-517. "Minahasans: Alternate Names: Tontemboan, Toulour, Tondano, Tombalu, Tonsea, Tonsawang, Bentenan, Ponosikan, Belang, and Bantik; Location: Indonesia; Population: 1.25 million; Language: Austronesn dialects; Manasa Indonesia; Religion: Christianity; native spirit-based beliefs "; "The Minahasa region occupies the very tip of the North Sulawesi peninsula... The region's population runs to 1.25 million people, half of the provincal total. "; Pg. 517: "Some 90% of the population of Minahasa is Christan (the majority subscribe to several Protestant sects led by the [Dutch] Reformed Church; a small minority is Catholic). "
Christianity Indonesia: Minahasa - 90.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 516-517. "Minahasans: Alternate Names: Tontemboan, Toulour, Tondano, Tombalu, Tonsea, Tonsawang, Bentenan, Ponosikan, Belang, and Bantik; Location: Indonesia; Population: 1.25 million; Language: Austronesn dialects; Manasa Indonesia; Religion: Christianity; native spirit-based beliefs "; "The Minahasa region occupies the very tip of the North Sulawesi peninsula... The region's population runs to 1.25 million people, half of the provincal total. "; Pg. 517: "Some 90% of the population of Minahasa is Christan (the majority subscribe to several Protestant sects led by the [Dutch] Reformed Church; a small minority is Catholic). "
Christianity Iowa - 89.30% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990... Self-identification of religious loyalty, using representative sample of 113,000 people in phone interviews. Sum of % by state of 21 main groups Kosmin classified as Christian: Assemblies of God, Baptist, Christianity - no denomination supplied, Church of God - all denominations, Church of the Nazarene, Churches of Christ, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Evangelical/Born Again, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter Day Saints, Holiness/Holy, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Protestant - no denomination supplied, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventists
Christianity Iowa - 75.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Sum of all major groups classified by study as Christian: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Protestant - no denomination supplied, Pentecostal, Episcopalian/Anglican, Mormon/LDS, Church of Christ, Non-denominational, Congregationalist/UCC, Jehovah's Witnesses, Assemblies of God, Evangelical, Church of God, Seventh-Day Adventist.]
Christianity Iran 360,000 - - - 1979 "Iran president, pope call for interfaith dialogue " in Dallas Morning News (March 12, 1999); pg. 11A. "Tens of thousands of Christians have emigrated from Iran since 1979, cutting the Christian population by nearly two-thirds, to roughly 120,000, of which only 13,000 are Catholic. "
Christianity Iran - 0.50% - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD, 1979 edition); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Christianity 0.5%
Christianity Iran 330,000 0.52% - - 1980 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 305, 308. "Location: Iran; Population: 64,073,000 (1996 estimate) "; Pg. 308: "About 330,000 Christians lived in Iran in 1980, but many of these, also, are thought to have left. "
Christianity Iran 333,000 - - - 1980 Lyle, Garry. Iran (series: Major World Nations), Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 87. "That same year [1980], there were about 30,000 Zoroastrians living in colonies in Yazd, Kerman, and Tehran. It is thought that many Christians and Zoroastrians have left the country in recent years. "
Christianity Iran 333,000 - - - 1980 Lyle, Garry. Iran (series: Major World Nations), Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 87. "The Christian population numbered about 330,000 in 1980, mostly Armenians and Azerbaijanis... It is thought that many Christians and Zoroastrians have left the country in recent years. "
Christianity Iran - - 100
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- 1985 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 4/12/85 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) In Iran's nearly 200 cities and towns, fewer than 100 Christian groups of any kind meet, and perhaps only 30 Protestant churches.
Christianity Iran - 0.40% - - 1994 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: November, 1994 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total Population: 56,585,000. MUSLIM: 99%: Shi'ite branch, 87%; Sunni branch 12%. BAHA'I: 0.5%. 300,000. JEWS: 0.1%. ZOROASTRIAN: O.04%. CHRISTIAN: 0.4%
Christianity Iran 120,000 - - - 1999 "Iran president, pope call for interfaith dialogue " in Dallas Morning News (March 12, 1999); pg. 11A. "Tens of thousands of Christians have emigrated from Iran since 1979, cutting the Christian population by nearly two-thirds, to roughly 120,000, of which only 13,000 are Catholic. "
Christianity Iran: Kurdistan - 2.00% - - 1993 Chaliand, Gerard (ed). A People Without a Country: The Kurds and Kurdistan. New York: Olive Branch Press (1993 - revised first American edition); pg. 97. "The population of Iranian Kurdistan is 98% Muslim. The remaining 2% is made up of Armenian and Assyrian Christians and some Jews. "
Christianity Iraq - - - - 1990 Bratvold, Gretchen (ed). Iraq ...in Pictures (Visual Geography Series). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Co. (1990); pg. 45. "A small percentage of Iraqis are Christians, and most follow sects of the Catholic religion. The Assyrians are members of the Nestorian Church, which was founded in Iran in the fifth century. Armenians make up a smaller proportion of Iraq's Christians, and there are also minority communities of Syrian and Chaldean Catholics. "
Christianity Iraq - 4.00% - - 1994 Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn. Islamic Society in Practice; Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida (1994); pg. 86. "Christian minority groups exist in significant numbers in Egypt, where the Coptic minority is 10% of the pop.; in Syria & Iraq, with 13% & 4% minorities, respectively... "
Christianity Iraq 600,000 3.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 104. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.; "Chaldeans, Assyrians and Armenians "
Christianity Iraq 777,400 4.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 312, 314. "Location: Iraq; Population: 19,435,000 "; Pg. 314: "The majority of Iraqis, about 95%, are Muslim. Of these, 54% are Shi'ite and 41% are Sunni. The remainder of the population is Christian (4%) and other faiths, such as a very small Jewish population. "
Christianity Iraq 1,100,000 5.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Religious News Service. "Pope Meets Iraqi Catholic, Muslim Leaders. Papal Visit Now More Likely " in Salt Lake Tribune. Saturday, 15 May 1999 (viewed online 15 May 1999). "About 5% of officially secular but overwhelmingly Muslim Iraq's 22 million people are Christian. There are about 262,000 Catholics in Iraq, the most numerous being those associated with the Chaldean rite, according to the 1999 Catholic Almanac. "
Christianity Israel 92,400 2.10% - - 1988 Bratvold, Gretchen (ed). Israel ...in Pictures (Visual Geography Series). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Co. (1988); pg. 38, 40, 48. "Israel's 4.4 million people... "; Pg. 40: "The Arab population within the 1948 boundaries of Israel constitutes about 15% of the total population. "; Pg. 48: "Of the Arab population, 78% are Muslim, 14% are Christian, and 8% are Druze... "
Christianity Israel 105,000 2.50% - - 1988 Cahill, Mary Jane. Israel (series: Places and Peoples of the World). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1988); pg. 9. "Population: 4,200,000... Religions: Jewish, 83%; Muslim (mainly Sunni), 13%; Christian (mainly Greek and Roman Catholic), 2.5%; Druze and other minority religions, 1.5% "
Christianity Israel 110,693 2.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Judaism 82%, Islam 14% (mostly Sunni Muslim), Christian 2%, Druze and other 2%; 1996/97 Total pop: 5,534,672. NOTE: incl. 136,000 Israeli settlers in West Bank, 15,000 in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, 5,000 in Gaza Strip, & 156,000 in East Jerusalem.
Christianity Israel 130,000 2.60% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 318, 320. "Location: Israel; Population: 5 million "; Pg. 320: "About 130,000 Israelis (2.6% of the population) are christian, most of them Arab... "
Christianity Israel 140,475 2.50% - - 1999 Cahill, Mary Jane. Israel (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 9. "Population: 5,619,000... Religions: Jewish, 83%; Muslim (mainly Sunni), 13%; Christian (mainly Greek and Roman Catholic), 2.5%; Druze and other minority religions, 1.5% "
Christianity Israel 605,728 10.78% - - 1999 Cahill, Mary Jane. Israel (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 55-56. "Almost all of Israel's non-Jews (about 17% of the population) are Arabs. About 77% of the non-Jews are Muslims; about 14% are Christians; and 9% are Druzes... or members of other religions. "
Christianity Israel - Arabs - 20.00% - - 1972 Hoffman, Gail. The Land and People of Israel (series: Portaits of the Nations Series). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. (1972, revised edition); pg. 63. "At present, 70% of the Israeli Arabs are Moslems, 20% Christian, and 10% Druze. "
Christianity Israel - Arabs 92,400 14.00% - - 1988 Bratvold, Gretchen (ed). Israel ...in Pictures (Visual Geography Series). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Co. (1988); pg. 48. "Of the Arab population, 78% are Muslim, 14% are Christian, and 8% are Druze... "
Christianity Israel - Arabs 152,000 8.00% - - 1994 Lindsey, Hal. Planet Earth - 2000 A.D.. Palos Verdes, California: Western Front, Ltd. (1994); pg. 178. "About 1.9 million Arabs live within the bordres of Israel. About 92% of them are Sunni Muslims, while the other 8% are Christian. But that minority is shrinking all the time--victims of harassment and persecution by the Muslim majority. "
Christianity Israel: Bethlehem - 50.00% - - 1986 Jones, Helen Hinckley. Israel (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (1986); pg. 64. "Bethlehem... The town is half Christian and half Muslim now... "
Christianity Italy 47,690,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Largest Christian Populations in the World "; (Rank: 7)
Christianity Italy 47,406,000 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998); pg. 76. Table: "Top 10 Largest Christian Populations in the World "; Rank: #7
Christianity Jamaica 2,000,000 80.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 259-260. "Location: Jamaica; Population: 2.5 million "; Pg. 260: "Religion is an important part of life for Jamaicans. More than 80% are Christian. Jamaicans' major religions include Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism. "
Christianity Japan 250,000 - - - 1560 C.E. Dolan, Jr., Edward F. & Shan Finney. The New Japan; New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 61. "In the 1500s, a Portuguese priest, St. Francis Xavier, brought Catholicism [1549] to Japan for the first time. Nearly 250,000 Japanese quickly adopted the relgion. "
Christianity Japan - 10.00% - - 1600 Halverson, Dean C. (ed.) The Compact Guide to World Religions; Colorado Springs, Colorado: International Students Inc. (1996). [Publisher is an Evangelical missionary organization.]; pg. 206. "Christian teachings did make significant inroads during the Christian century (1549-1649). St. Francis Xavier first introduced Roman Catholicism [then]... According to estimates, perhaps 10% of the population as Christian during that era. "
Christianity Japan 500,000 - - - 1600 Reischauer, Edwin O. The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1988); pg. 212, 406. "First introduced in 1549, it spread more rapidly in Japan during the next several decades than in any other Asian country, and Christians came to number close to half a million... " [year 1600 specifically mentioned, pg. 406]
Christianity Japan 300,000 - - - 1600 Williams, Lea E. Southeast Asia: A History; New York: Oxford University Press (1976); pg. 59. "...Portuguese missionaries won their greatest victory in Japan, where up to 300,000 peple accepted baptism in the 2nd half of the 16th century... in the following century, the shoguns destroyed the Japanese Christians... "
Christianity Japan 200,000 - - - 1603 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 386. "Bishop Cerqueira, who was in charge of the Jesuit mission to Japan at the time, states that the number of Christians under pastoral care in 1603 was 200,000. "
Christianity Japan 750,000 - - - 1605 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 386. "Pages, one of the modern Roman Catholic historians, estimates the number of Christian followers in 1605 ast 750,000. This is probably an exaggeration. "
Christianity Japan 750,000 - - - 1606 Oxtoby, Willard G. The Meaning of Other Faiths. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press (1983); pg. 64. "The most significant Christian missionary efforts after the opening of European contact were undertaken by the Jesuits. Saint Francis Xavier... went on to Japan in 1549. By 1606 there were 750,000 Christians in Japan, but persecution soon reduced the figures. Within 80 years of Xavier's arrival Christianity had nearly disappeared from Japan, as the Tokugawa regime sought to seal off the country from foreign influences. "
Christianity Japan - 2.00% - - 1614 *LINK* Nosco, Peter. "Secrecy and the transmission of tradition: Issues in the study of the 'underground' Christians " in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (March 1993, 20/1), pg. 3. (viewed on JJRS web site 30 Jan. 1999) "Perhaps as much as 2% of the Japanese population had embraced the Christian faith by 1614, the year the religion was proscribed by the Tokugawa government. "
Christianity Japan 300,000 - - - 1614 *LINK* Nosco, Peter. "Secrecy and the transmission of tradition: Issues in the study of the 'underground' Christians " in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (March 1993, 20/1), pg. 5. (viewed on JJRS web site 30 Jan. 1999) "The figures for numbers of clergy follow GONOI (1983, pp. 157?8). The figure of 300,000 believers is accepted as a maximum both by LAURES (1954, p. 177), who follows the estimate of Bishop Luis de Cerqueira, and by BOXER (1951, p. 321), who follows the estimate of Valentin Carvalho. KATAOKA (1974, p. 17) believes that there were as many as 450,000?00,000 Christians in Japan at the time. GONOI (1990, p. 12) concludes that the total number of Japanese converts to Christianity, without subtracting for deaths or apostasy, reached 760,000. "
Christianity Japan 600,000 - - - 1614 *LINK* Nosco, Peter. "Secrecy and the transmission of tradition: Issues in the study of the 'underground' Christians " in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (March 1993, 20/1), pg. 5. (viewed on JJRS web site 30 Jan. 1999) "The figures for numbers of clergy follow GONOI (1983, pp. 157?8). The figure of 300,000 believers is accepted as a maximum both by LAURES (1954, p. 177), who follows the estimate of Bishop Luis de Cerqueira, and by BOXER (1951, p. 321), who follows the estimate of Valentin Carvalho. KATAOKA (1974, p. 17) believes that there were as many as 450,000?00,000 Christians in Japan at the time. GONOI (1990, p. 12) concludes that the total number of Japanese converts to Christianity, without subtracting for deaths or apostasy, reached 760,000. "
Christianity Japan 300,000 - - - 1615 *LINK* web site: "Basic Facts Christianity in Japan at a Glance " (1998). 1996, 1997, 1998 Paul Tsuchido Shew "1600-15 Approximately 300,000 Christians in Japan. "
Christianity Japan 420,000 - - - 1952 *LINK* web site: "Basic Facts Christianity in Japan at a Glance " (1998). 1996, 1997, 1998 Paul Tsuchido Shew "1947-52 "Christian Boom " high rate of growth for Christian churches. 420,000 Christians in Japan by 1952. "
Christianity Japan 485,399 0.56% - - 1953 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 652,518 0.71% - - 1958 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 711,636 0.74% - - 1963 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 831,335 0.82% - - 1968 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 700,000 - - - 1969 Storry, Richard; Japan; New York: David White, Inc. (1969); pg. 107. "There are just short of 700,000 Christians of various denominations, from Roman Catholic to sects such as the Seventh Day Adventists. The figure is less than 1% of the Japanese population. "
Christianity Japan 879,477 0.81% - - 1973 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 950,491 0.83% - - 1978 Reid, D. "Japanese Religions " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. src: Shukyo Nenkan (Religions Yearbook), Ministry of Education & Bureau of Statistics.]; pg. 368. Table: #s of adherents to major religious traditions "Numbers of people claimed by religious organizations as of 31 Dec. in a given year " [Note: figures consistently exceed pop. of Japan by up to 75% due to overlapping claims of Shinto & Buddhist org.]
Christianity Japan 870,000 - - - 1979 Pitts, Forrest R. Japan; Grand Rapids, Michigan: Fideler Company (1979); pg. 75. "During the reign of Emperor Meiji this ban was lifted, and Christianity began to grow. Even so, there are still only about 870,000 Japanese Christians. "
Christianity Japan - 1.00% - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 180-181. "In Japan... Christianity remained largely an intellectualized, urban concern of scarcely more than one percent of the population, with half of the one percent holding aloof from any church connection... stagnation of Japanese Christianity as compared with the growth of vigorous new Buddhist movements in Japan. "
Christianity Japan 1,000,000 - - - 1983 Dolan, Jr., Edward F. & Shan Finney. The New Japan; New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 62. "Although the 1947 Peace Constitution granted religious freedom, the number of Christians in Japan today stands at less than one million... Japan today has more than 8,000 Christian churches... "
Christianity Japan 1,688,000 1.39% 8,616
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- 1985 *LINK* [Orig. source: The International Society for Educational Information, Inc., Tokyo (1998)] "Figures on religious orgs... in 1985 as reported by religious orgs. to the Agency for Cultural Affairs are as follows: Shinto Buddhism Christianity miscellaneous: Shrines, Temples & Churches: 90,832 84,613 8,616 42,027; Priests, Clergy & Ministers 102,000 269,000 22,000 253,000; Members: 115,602,000 92,065,000 1,688,000 14,444,000 "; "The total membership of all religious organizations exceeds the total population of the nation (121 million). The number of adherents to either Shinto or Buddhism alone comes close to the national population. This results from the fact that the same person is often counted as a member by the Shinto shrine of his neighbor hood and again by the Buddhist temple with which his ancestors became affiliated. (Christian church member ship, in principle, excludes affiliation with other religious groups.) "
Christianity Japan - 2.00% - - 1988 Reischauer, Edwin O. The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1988); pg. 212. "Even today its adherents number less than 2% of the population--divided fairly evenly between Catholics and Protestants. "
Christianity Japan 1,000,000 - - - 1990 *LINK* web site: "Basic Facts Christianity in Japan at a Glance " (1998). 1996, 1997, 1998 Paul Tsuchido Shew "1990 Approximately 1,000,000 members of Christians churches (Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox). "
Christianity Japan 1,234,570 1.00% - - 1990 *LINK* web site: "SEND in Japan " (SEND International, an Evangelical missionary org.); (Dec. 1998) "Population - 123,457,000 (1990)... Religion - Shinto, Buddhist, Secular, Christian; Evangelical - .32%... Ministry: Like Western Europe, Japan is wealthy & sophisticated and people feel little need for God. Only one person in 100 is a Christian. "
Christianity Japan - 1.70% - - 1992 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 7/30/92 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Of its 123 million individuals, only about 1.7% are Christians. An estimated 98% embrace the more traditional Japanese religions of Shintoism, various forms of Buddhism, Confucian ancestor worship and shamanism.
Christianity Japan - 2.00% - - 1992 *LINK* web site: "A Brief Survey of Religion in Modern Japan " (1998). By Paul A. Shew, December 1, 1992. (Waseda University, Tokyo) "In independent surveys where people are asked to state their own religion, there are the approximate results: Shinto 2-3%; Buddhism 20%; Christianity 1-2%; a new religion 10%; no religion 65% "
Christianity Japan 1,745,968 1.40% - - 1993 *LINK* Library of Congress Country Studies 124,711,551 [total pop.] (1993). Shinto 95.8 percent, Buddhist 76.3 percent (most observe both Shinto and Buddhist rites), and 12 percent other religions, including 1.4 percent Christian.
Christianity Japan 1,500,000 - - - 1994 *LINK* Japan Information Network website; "Religion and Customs " page. (Viewed 6 Oct. 1999) "Christianity is also active; there were about 1.5 million Christians in Japan as of the end of 1994. "
Christianity Japan - 1.50% - - 1995 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: Feb. `95 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) TOTAL POPULATION IN 1995: 126,319,000. Shinto: 80 percent -- (Overlaps with Buddhist); Buddhist: 58 percent; New Religions: (mostly Buddhist or Shinto offshoots) 24 percent; Muslim: 0.2 percent; Christian: 1.5 percent.
Christianity Japan 1,519,396 1.20% 3,972
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- 1995 *LINK* web site: "Basic Facts Christianity in Japan at a Glance " (1998). 1996, 1997, 1998 Paul Tsuchido Shew. Source: 1995 Shukyo Nenkan (Religious Yearbook), Ministry of Education, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Pg. 30-31. Table: "Statistics on Religious Organizations in Japan as of December 31, 1995 "


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