Even if religious doctrine hasn't changed all that much in thousands of years, the number of people practicing religion, and the places they worship, can look completely different in only a few short years.
This ambitious infographic from design agency Accurat (which previously made this map of Nobel Prize winners, and this one of apocalypse false-starts) crunched the numbers on religion worldwide, creating a map showing population, religion, and changes in religion for 1960 and 2010--for every country.
It's a little complicated to read--there's a ton of data here, after all--but each number and corresponding shape represents a different country. The shapes are split up by colors representing different religions; if a country has a "dominant" religion, meaning more than 50 percent identifies with the same group, then the shape takes a single color. Otherwise, it's split into multiple colors. The bigger the shape is, the larger its population. On the left are countries' religions and populations in 1960, and on the right, in 2010.
The infographic, originally published in Italian for La Lettura, Corriere della Sera, isn't adjusted for population increase, which likely skews it slightly, but even so, some of the changes are astounding. For a quick shorthand, look at the dots next to some countries on the 2010 side of the map. That dots represents a country where more than 40 percent of the country's religious makeup changed.
At the bottom of the infographic, you can also see how religious practices changed globally in 50 years. You'll see an increase in people who practice Islam, as well as Catholicism. Most religions appear to be staying stagnant, but when you factor in a major global population increase, the truth is that there are fewer practitioners, by percentage, than there were in 1960.
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Jefro, if you have found such peace and harmony, if you lack so many answers, then surely your thirst for knowledge in life has been quenched. What purpose for your existence now? Will the smell of the same roses not grow old, day after day? Inner peace is for the old and weary. It is they who no longer have the ability to chase the wonder that life as to offer. They no longer question but take comfort in the moment and the natural ending of their lives. Let us please realize that God is not procrastination, or complacency, and if he/she does exist it certainly didn't want us to sit and be at peace for our entire lives. It is called "Life" not "Peace". Though war is quite the other extreme, I find that it is in the middle where life is greatest. Forgive me but the same god that created me, created you. It goes against my inherent belief of god that I am to simply believe and not question. For if all of those believers are right, and God created this entire universe, he is surely more perfect, and complex, than I/you could ever hope to understand. So, what do religious people believe in then? The concept of a being so intelligent that they could not fathom its logic, could not possible know are its reasons for doing things are... but yet they subject it to the same human defects as wrath and anger. That it acts out on humans in such a way. That such a power would make it rain frogs, kill firstborn children and level human cities for punishment of human immorality. We should all rethink our definition of God. For if this power truly does exist, it is more amazing then anything we could imagine.
My problem with religion today is that it doesn't give God enough credit. That religious people don't question but blindly believe. Even if you do blindly believe, and no one can sway your belief, to say you understand his motives and the way of life he wants you to lead is insanity. It was this same God who created the uncertainty principal. Lol. At the very least, blindly believe because you searched and discovered, not because people or a book told you you should.
Also, thanks to science...show me the presence of absolute evil and I will know for certain that absolute good is real.
"Do not try and bend the spoon. That is impossible. Only try and realize the truth - there is no spoon."