How far has the Baha’i Faith spread after 160 years of it’s formation?
Asked by jupiter_115052 weeks ago
Is it a growing Religion? and what is the projected growth in the future?
Best Answer by Karon- Chosen by Voters
I don’t think there is any concrete evidence as to the actual growth rate as they don’t keep records however there is only guesstimates noted by Wikipedia.
A Bahá’í published document reported 4.74 million Bahá’ís in 1986 growing at a rate of 4.4%
If it is or is not a growing religion is extremely hard to gauge on guess work rather than factual statistics which can give a graph of actual rates of climb year by year. Comparing it with other religions the growth if steady is slow.
For example: Christianity in Vietnam has growth approx 600% in the last decade and deism has also grown expediently according to wikipedia.
Christianity is the fastest growing religion in absolute growth, meaning the fastest growing religion in the annual increase of new adherents. The absolute growth number is calculated as the annual number of new Christian converts subtracted the number of ex-Christians + number of births subtracted number of deaths (new converts – former Christians + births – deaths).
Christianity is the fastest growing religion at both parameters, both in absolute number of new converts and absolute number of new Christians due to population growth. In all, this sums up to an additional approximately 25.2 million new Christians annually 22.7 million due to population growth and 2.5 million due to conversions.
For example, take one denomination say Jehovah’s Witnesses who in around 100 years is currently numbering at 7.5 million world wide and baptising over 550 new members per day.
The second fastest religion is Islam Tagging Christianity by an annual growth of approximately 2.6 million less Muslims than Christians. Approx. 1 million less due to slower population growth and approx. 1.5 million less due to fewer conversions to Islam than to Christianity
Here is a more conservative table you may get some numbers from. Hope that helps
Answer by dlherrma…
The Baha’i Faith has spread around the globe faster than any other religion in history. Accourding to the World Christian Encyclopedia, in 1989, it was the second most wide-spread religion in the world. Since that time the Soviet Union collapsed and independent nations, with their own independent Baha’i communities, have arisen. No one has taken such a survey since then.
Different religions, and different branches within religions, count membership in different ways. For instance the Catholic church counts every infant baptism even if that child never sets foot in a Catholic church the rest of his or her life. Baha’is only count adults over age 15. Children of Baha’i parents are not automatically Baha’i. Each person makes that choice on their own.
Estimates from various sources place the size of the world wide Baha’i community near 7 million.
Forecasts for growth can be anyone’s guess.
Over forty years study and participation in the Baha’i community.
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