Mexico. JWs up 42% in 10 Years

by Joker10 53 Replies latest jw friends

  • slimboyfat

    Joker have you found those Canadian numbers yet?

  • Botzwana

    I currently live in Mexico! There are two English congs in my city alone.

  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    There was also an extremely encouraging 14% increase in 'Yap' last year

  • jwfacts

    It is sad how countries with lower levels of education are susceptible to the false promises of cults.

  • jwfacts

    Here is a comparision of census figures from a country that has better access to education and the internet - Australia.

  • free @ last
    free @ last

    Looks like education and the Internet are really helping out the Pentecostals and Mormons.

  • binadub
    people 5 and older who identified themselves as Jehovah's Witness

    5 and older?-- in 10 years?

    Maybe they're having lots of babies--that could do it.

  • steve2

    New Zealand census statistics show a similar downward trend in those reporting to being JWs (I'll locate these when I'm back at home and post them). There was a peak number in the 1990s and since then over two further census reports, a noticeable decline. Our country was scheduled to have its five-yearly census last year but the Christchurch earthquake caused the government to postpone it.

    Of course, census statistics show a much greater number of JWs because their count is not based on being active in the field but self-report. The census figures also include dependents because the census is completed by the parents of minor children (under age 16).

    I guess Joker10 will not be starting any posts on the downward census statistics for JWs in Australasia ("Australasia" is a word that encompasses both Australia and New Zealand but it is falling into dis-use because New Zealanders dislike being overly-identified with our big neighbor.

  • steve2

    The finding that the greater the internet penetration the less JW growth does not imply that the internet is "responsible" for the reduced growth. The third variable is education: The greater a country's per-head level of education, the less JW growth - but this tends to be true of the spread of religion in general.

    Religions tend to do significantly better in lower-socio-economic societies. Christianity and its amazing offshoots, including the JWs, tend to appeal to dispossessed people because the beliefs offer a substitute sense of belonging and of being loved.

  • slimboyfat

    This book argues that existential security and prosperity are what really inhibit the growth of religion in societies.

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