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)
- Overview of the World Economic Outlook Projections, IMF, 2013, from www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2013/update/01/
- World Bank, from: www.worldbank.org/en/publication/global-economic-prospects/regional-outlooks/ssa
- Less God More Crisis, 2013, from www.lessgodmorecrisis.org