It seems that both Pope Paul VI, and Pope Saint John Paul II were right. Â Christians having smaller families may turn out to be one of the causes of the downfall and destruction of Christianity if it ever happens. Â According to a new Pew Research Center study:
If current fertility rates and youth populations continue to grow at their current rate, Muslims will make up 10 percent of Europeâ€™s overall population by 2050. Islam is expected to nearly match Christianity in the coming four decades as a resultÂ of a â€œcomparatively youthfulâ€ population with high fertility rates.
If current trends continue, Muslims will outnumber Christians worldwide around 2070.
Muslims worldwide are projected to see a 73 percent increase while Christians will rise about half that fastÂ (35 percent). The worldâ€™s overall population is predicted to rise to 9.3 billion by 2050, also with a 35 percent rate of increase over the same time period.
In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters (78 percent) of the population to about two-thirds (66 percent) by 2050….
Worldwide, Muslims have the highest fertility rate with an average of 3.1 children per womanÂ â€“ far exceeding the replacement level needed to maintain a stable population. Christians are second, with an average 2.7 children per woman. In 2010, more than one-quarter (27 percent) of the worldâ€™s total population was under the age of 15. And Muslims comprised an even higher percentage of this youthful group at more than one-third (34 percent), compared to 27 percent of Christians under age 15.
By some estimates, replacement level statistically is actually four children given that not all children born live to adulthood. Â Bottom line, though, if Christians don’t get busy, make a few sacrifices, and increase the fertility rate when and where possible – and not by that much – Muslims will outnumber us by a large enough margin that the popular majority will itself be in peril – even in the USA. Â Don’t forget, Muslims are playing the long game. Â For them, incremental advances are acceptable against the west.
And when Muslims are in charge…we are all seeing how that is working out in the middle east for Christians.
For more on the Pew Study visit this site.
In full Christian charity, there are people who are just not meant to be parents and those who through no fault of their own, are not able to be. Â Fair enough. Â That goes for responsible singles as well. Â Looking for a mate does not always mean finding one.