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Pajamas Media » Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves

I don’t recall seeing this when it came out in 2008, but a friend flagged it on a forum, and I thought I’d pass it along: Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves. Al-Jazeera reports from an interview with a Libyan Islamic leader:

As to how that happened, well there are now 1.5 million churches [in Africa] whose congregations account for 46 million people. In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity. These numbers are very large indeed.

I believe his count of churches may include only Roman Catholics. I say that because of the context surrounding that quote. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity reports an estimate of 390 million Christians in Africa as of five years ago, which is consistent with what I’ve read elsewhere.

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2 thoughts on “Pajamas Media » Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves

  1. This seems like a claim that we want to be true, but is there a way to check on its veracity?

  2. In The Land Of Mao, A Rising Tide Of Christianity

    The last 30 years of economic reform have seen an explosion of religious belief. China’s government officially recognizes five religions: Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam and Daoism. The biggest boom of all has been in Christianity, which the government has struggled to control.

    Source: NPR

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