Christianity on the Rise in 21st Century?

NEW YORK, APR. 5, 2001 ( Despite the growth of Islam in recent years, at least one reference work is predicting that Christianity´s share of the world´s population will grow by 2050.

The updated World Christian Encyclopedia, just published by Oxford University Press, says that by midcentury there will be 3 billion Christians, constituting 34.3% of the world´s population, up from the current 33%.

Christians now number 2 billion and are divided into 33,820 denominations and churches, in 238 countries, and use 7,100 languages, the encyclopedia says.