Christianity is the largest religious community in the world, with 2.2 billion adherents, and the United States counts the most Christians of any country, with 247 million believers, the Pew Forum reports.
Yet in the birthplace of Jesus, the Middle East, Christians are a demographic blip and shrinking. Such are the vagaries of history.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is still getting props for saying that “Britain is a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so.” For good measure he said that returning to Christian values would solve all the nation’s problems, from the riots last summer to the financial collapse to the threat of Islamic extremism.
Islam clocks in as the world’s second largest religion, with about 1.6 billion followers, just under one-quarter of the globe’s population.
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