An evangelical leader doubts a prediction from the Pew Research Center that Islam could surpass Christianity and become the world's dominant religion by 2050.
According to the study by Pew, if the current trends continue the number of Muslims in the world will nearly equal the number of Christians come 2050. Pew points out that part of the reason for the growth in Islam is because of a young Muslim population with high fertility rates.
However, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, states young Muslim families may not grow and increase at the rate many think.
"Whether that's going to continue for another 30-plus years until 2050 is a very, very questionable scenario," he begins. "As countries get more industrialized, as they get more affluent, it does seem that the birth rate drops significantly in those countries."
He also notes that Christianity is growing rapidly in the world's most populous country.
"It's estimated that at current growth trends there will be 250 million Christians in China by 2050," says the seminary leader – "which will mean there will be more Chinese Christians than any other kind of Christian by 2050."
Land says it's too hard to predict and therefore doubtful that the number of Muslims will equal the number of Christians by the middle of the century.
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