Where Are the Most Devout Christian in the World?

Spoiler alert: Europeans are the least religious.

A recent study by Pew Research Center revealed that Latin American and African Christians are two of the most devout in the world , with adherents to the Christian faith praying more frequently in these countries. They consider religion to be an important part of their life. Curiously enough, United States Christians also take pride in having high commitment levels to their faith.

The Pew Research Center came to this conclusion after analyzing a total of 84 nations having considerable Christian populations. The Christian population of 35 of the included countries claims that religion is vital to their lives. Among these 35 nations, only three are geographically located out of the Latin American or Sub-Saharan Africa region. The United States, the Philippines, and Malaysia are those three nations. Over 75 percent of Christians living in the Sub-Saharan region assert that religion is extremely important in their lives. The lowest levels of religiosity are found in European populations. It is to be noted that the religious population of Europe is on the decline, with the number of deaths more than the births on the continent.

Both Latin American and African Christians pray and attend church much more frequently compared to Christians in other parts of the world. Four out of five Christians pray daily in Chad, Nigeria, Senegal, and Liberia. The same religious piety is observed among Christians in Paraguay, Guatemala, and Honduras. The United States is the only rich country with a devout Christian population. 68 percent of American Christians admit to daily praying. 47 percent admit to attending church every week.

Among Christians, religion most important in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States
Pew Research Center

The statistics mirror the wider kaleidoscope of Christianity's rapid pace towards the south. The religion has moved from the wealthy northern countries to developing nations. The trend is specifically evident in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, where the religion of Christianity has witnessed explosive growth. The basis of this growth is primarily the high fertility rate in those countries. The only exception is the United States. Countries with similar high economic levels like the U.S. show much less religious influence. A good example is the United Kingdom where only 11 percent of the population admits to being religious. The frequency of prayers is minimum among Christians present in Switzerland, Austria, UK, and Germany. Fewer than 10 percent of Christians pray every day in those nations. The same is true in Russia as well.

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