World Christian Database

South-Central Asia, 2030, Independents and Evangelicals

Four important but unrelated changes are included in this quarter’s update:

The former UN region of South-Central Asia is split, allowing estimates for Central Asia to now be shown separately from those of South Asia.

The year 2030 is added as an extra data point, so that the religion over time series now includes the years 1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030 and 2050.

The “Independent” Christian major tradition now includes the former “Marginal Christian” category which is being retired. (See the January 2014 edition of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research).

The category “Great Commission Christians” which was also labeled “evangelicals” (with a lower case ‘e’) is also being retired, partly to avoid confusion with the ongoing category ‘Evangelicals’ (with a capital ‘E’). A forthcoming article will explain the rationale and implications.