The two regions mentioned (China & sub-Saharan) in connection with strong expected Christian growth also happen to be areas of strong economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth rate in 2013 was 5.8%, and a rate of 5.7% is expected for 2014, (1)  The World Bank’s estimate (2014) is for growth of about 5.3% (2) Similarly for China, the IMF sets the 2013 growth rate at 8.2% and that for 2014 to be 8.5% (1).

By contrast, the two continents exhibiting significant decreases in percentages of Christian populations (Europe and North America) are wallowing in persistent economic malaise. Europe’s 2013 growth rate was actually a -0.2%, while that of North America was a miniscule +2%. (1) These figures are seen by us as no mere coincidence, but are consistent with the results of a previous statistical analysis we presented in 2013. In that study, a statistically significant relationship was found  to exist between changes in Christian percentages of populations in about 100 different countries and the economic well-being of those nations, as measured by the sovereign credit ratings awarded by the Fitch and Moody firms (3)



  1. Overview of the World Economic Outlook Projections, IMF, 2013, from
  2. World Bank,  from:
  3. Less God More Crisis, 2013, from