Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Christianity in Switzerland

I sometimes find myself like Thomas, one of the disciples: "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

Now Jesus, the Risen, helped Thomas to believe by showing him the marks of His crucifixion. If we want facts, we will get them. Jesus is alive! Yes, there IS indeed statistical evidence which shows the life-changing impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let's talk about "faith statistics" in Switzerland from 1970 to 2000:

The population of Switzerland reached 7.3 M composed mainly of Catholic and Protestant cantons.

* Nominal members of the mainstream Ā«Evangelisch-reformierte KircheĀ» decreased from 46 percent to 33 percent of the population.
* Those who claim "no religion" increased from 2 percent to 15 percent.
* Followers of the Free Christian Communities increased from 0.6 percent to 1.6 percent, reaching around 113,000 members according to the 2000 census (not including expat churches).

COMMENT: While members of the State churches keep away from Sunday services or even leave their respective denominations, most of the Evangelical and Pentacostal churches increase in numbers. Despite their seemingly insignificant portion in the population, one will see more Evangelical and Pentacostal Christians turning up for Sunday worship services, than those faithful to the main Protestant denomination.

(Note: Schweizer, a Swiss German Christian who used to be a full-time missionary working with and for the Covenant Players, currently works at the Federal Statistics Office of Switzerland, and is a member of the Christliches Zentrum Buchegg, a Christian church based in Zurich, Switzerland.)


Blogger Jayred said...

Nice WWCD blog column! I look forward to reading more statistics-based Christian reports from your end! May God bless the work of your hands!

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