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1/3 of China religious?

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Beijing shoppersA quote from the BBC (click the title to see the story):

Survey finds 300m China believers

A poll of 4,500 people by Shanghai university professors found 31.4% of people above the age of 16 considered themselves as religious. This suggests 300 million people nationwide could be religious, compared to the official figure of 100 million. … The survey found that Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam are the country’s five major religions – China considers Catholicism as separate to Christianity, which covers Protestantism.

The survey also found a significant rise in Christianity – accounting for 12% of all believers, or 40 million, compared with the official figure of 16 million in 2005.

…the average age of religious believers had fallen, with two-thirds of those in the poll who considered themselves religious aged between 16 and 39. “This is markedly different from the previous decade, when most religious believers were in their 40s or older,” he said in the Chinese-language Oriental Outlook magazine, which published the survey.


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Written by Monte

February 9, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Posted in Religion

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