African Christians overtake Muslims25 September 2012
Christianity has overtaken Islam to become the dominant religion in Africa, a study revealed this week.
According to research conducted by Italian sociologist Massimo Introvigne, Christians now account for 47 per cent of the continent's population, while 40 per cent are Muslim and 12 per cent follow traditional African religions.
Among African countries 31 have Christian majorities, 21 have Muslim majorities and six have populations that adhere mostly to traditional African religions. If the trend continues, in 10 years' time Africans will form the largest continental bloc of Christians, outnumbering Europeans and Americans.
The results of the study were presented during a conference organised by the Centre for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) in Morocco.
Mr Introvigne also speculated that the spread of Christianity could have prompted recent church attacks by Islamists.
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