The Pew Research Center has taken on the difficult task of estimating the numbers of Christians all over the world. Yesterday I reported that the country with the third largest number of Protestants is China - many in underground churches.
I was surprised, though, to see the ratio of Protestant to Catholic Christians in China.
Using the same methods to estimate both groups, Pew came up with these totals for Chinese Christians:
Protestants: 58 million
Catholics: 9 million
I hope that some day, when China is democratic, these churches will be
able to operate openly. I expect that, when that day comes, there will be an evangelical boom in China - as is already happening covertly.
And, incidentally, sociologists will be able to
get more definite numbers.