- Jan 19, 2020
A Pew study found that most people continue to pay a church tax in Western Europe, though things may change with the next generation.
As secularism mounts in Western Europe, Central and Eastern European countries still hold on to faith.
On the Nineveh Plains, priests act not only as spiritual guides but de facto mayors when decisions need to be made, judges when disputes arise, and managers when it comes to overseeing reconstruction plans and costs.
Nabeel Qureshi was raised an Ahmadi Muslim by his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. When he was an adult, a Christian friend challenged him to study Islam with a critical eye, the same way he had studied Christianity. After several years of investigation, and what he described as dreams and visions, he became a Christian.
A Pew Research Center study found that between 2055 and 2060, approximately 36 percent of children will be born in Muslim families and 35 percent in Christian families. The study said that while there will still be more Christians in the world, they are generally older and dying at a faster rate than Muslims, particularly in Europe.
In recent years, thousands were killed in the Central African Republic in an ethnic cleansing and the country’s de facto partition between the Muslim northeast and Christian southwest. A new government took charge in 2016, but very few efforts have been made to promote long-lasting reconciliation.