Sociologists noted a reduction in the number of Orthodox in the world

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria during the all-night vigil in the Church of St. Alexis, Metropolitan of Moscow in SamarkandSociologists noted a reduction in the number of Orthodox in the world© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The percentage of Orthodox Christians of the total number of Christians over the past hundred years, decreased by 8 %, follows from the authoritative research center Pew.

Sociologists clarify that this is due to the more rapid growth of the Catholic and Protestant population.

«Decreasing the share of Orthodox people in the world Christianity tied to demographic trends in Europe, which has lower total fertility rates and age where more people than in developing regions such as Africa South of the Sahara, Latin America and South Asia. Europe’s population has long been declining in the coming decades, its share will decrease in absolute terms» — the scientists explain.

Now the number of Orthodox researchers estimate, is around 260 million, which is twice more than a hundred years ago (this is due to the dramatic increase in the number of population in the XX century). Most Orthodox in Russia – according to Pew, nearly a hundred million.

At the same time, only 15 % of Orthodox Russia’s claim that religion plays an important role in their lives. The most zealous are the Orthodox of Greece and the United States. The researchers admit that they have not studied the data at Orthodox Egypt, Eritrea, India, Macedonia, and Germany.

I wonder what the Russian Orthodox is smaller than the rest, and welcomes the dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church. Only 17 % of believers, according to a study in Russia supported the rapprochement with Catholics.

At the same time, 39 % Orthodox Russia is not against women’s priesthood. Most of all this idea is supported in Georgia, for her there are 77 % of believers.