Religion: 250% More Protestants

This week the International Missionary Council, biggest organization in the Protestant and orthodox missions field, proudly announced some cheerful statistics. The number of practicing Protestants in missionary areas (120 countries and island groups outside the English-speaking countries and Europe) has risen from 6,517,697, when the council first officially counted the flock in 1925, to 25,341,283 in 1948, an impressive increase of 250%.

The largest groups of converts gained over the 23-year period live in South Africa (where a nucleus of 714,013 grew to 5,467,281) and India-Pakistan (from 580,212 to 4,100,224). In heavily Roman Catholic Latin America, the heaviest gains showed in Brazil...

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