I don’t know if anyone else here has read this week’s (4/16/01) copy of Newsweek. There is a major article on the growth of Christianity in South America, Asia and in particular Africa. Many of the Christian sects bear little resemblance to conservative Western Churches but are very evangelical, charismatic with often a blend of local spiritual beliefs added to traditional Christian dogma and centered around a local spiritual leader. The growth in some countries is phenomenal with increases well over 100% in the past 20 years.
My thought on this; the WTS growth in recent years is coming mainly from third world countries. The third world country growth for JW’s is slower than that of general Christianity. The WTS losing out in those countries too, not just the West. The article in Newsweek suggests that the religious growth in third world countries can be attributed to some degree to association of western religion with the religion of the world’s greatest power – the United States of America. Even worse for the WTS, an American religion, that it can’t get converts as fast as general western Christianity.
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