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World Christian Database (WCD)


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Global Statistics and Trends of World Christianity and World Religions

Hrsg. v. Todd M. Johnson und Gina A. Zurlo


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Faktendatenbank mit umfangreichen statistischen Daten zu den Weltreligionen, den christlichen Bekenntnissen und anderen Glaubensgruppierungen. Die auf eine Initiative des Center for the Study of Global Christianity am Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary zurückgehende Datenbank basiert auf der "World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends". Berichtszeitraum: 1982 ff. Updates: halbjährlich.

World Christian Database (WCD)

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Brill Academic Publishers

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The World Christian Database (WCD) provides comprehensive statistical information on global Christianity, other world religions, and Christian activities in all 237 countries. Extensive data are available on thousands of Christian denominations, ethnolinguistic people groups, cities, and provinces.

The WCD transforms current statistics on religion into a real-time analysis tool that takes just minutes to perform even detailed research. This comprehensive database brings together a fully updated and cohesive religious data set with a world-class database architecture. The result is a simple, yet powerful database tool that enables users to customize reports and download data for in use in charts, tables, and graphs


  • A large majority of the data collected for the WCD comes from published and unpublished sources, field work, interviews, and questionnaires - Around 5,000 statistical questionnaires returned by churches and national collaborators over the period 1982-present
  • Field surveys and interviews on the spot in over 200 countries
  • A mass of unpublished documentation on all countries, collected on the field, including reports, memoranda, photographs, maps, statistical summaries, and historical documents
  • Around 4,500 printed contemporary descriptions of churches, describing denominations, movements, countries and confessions
  • Officially-published reports of 500 government-organized national censuses of population
  • A series of in-depth interviews with bishops, church leaders, and theologians

Detailed Religious and Demographic Statistics include:

  • Global comparative figures for every major religion
  • Population and religious adherents for every country and United Nations region
  • Access to source material on religious affiliation (census and survey figures)
  • Breakdown of major religions into traditions (e.g. Sunni-Shi'as within Islam)
  • Multiple data points to compare growth rates (1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2025, 2050)
  • Feedback mechanism for users to comment on data, sources and methodology
  • Population and Adherents (for 1900, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2025, 2050)
  • Demographics (birth rate, adult percentage, life expectancy)
  • Health (HIV rates, access to water, mortality)
  • Education (literacy percentage, schools, universities)
  • Communication (scripture access, religious freedom)
  • Christian personnel
  • Evangelism rates
  • Status of missions work
  • Lists of Christian denominations in every country
  • Country, regional, and global estimates of Pentecostals and Charismatics
  • Status of Bible translation

Features and Benefits

  • 9,000 Denominations
  • 13,000 Ethnolinguistic Peoples
  • 5,000 Cities
  • 3,000 Provinces
  • 238 Countries
  • Quarterly updates
  • Unique reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, news media

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