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September 8, 1999






Christians soon to be 2 billion worldwide
___RICHMOND, Va. (ABP)--The number of Christian people in the world will pass the 2 billion mark in the year 2000, say religious statisticians David Barrett and Todd Johnson, based in Richmond, Va.
___Christians already number 1.99 billion, meaning that one-third of the world's 6 billion people are Christians, Barrett and Johnson said. In their research, the designation "Christian" is applied to Roman Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans, charismatics and Pentecostals.
___Muslims are the second-largest world religion, with 1.19 million adherents, followed by Hindus, 774 million; non-religious, 768 million; Buddhists, 359 million; tribal religions, 252 million; atheists, 151 million; new religions, 101 million; Sikhs, 22.7 million; and Jews, 14.2 million.

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