Here Are the Countries Where the World’s Most Committed
Pew Research recently conducted a study on what being a Christian looks like in different countries
around the world. The study found that the most committed Christians in the world live in Africa,
practice and commitment.
The study showed that Christians in Africa and Latin America pray more frequently, attend religious
services routinely and hold religion in high esteem, all compared to other countries around the world.
Higher Level of Commitment
The study also discovered that Christians in the United States have a higher level of commitment to
their religion, compared to other Western countries.
Pew looked at a total of 84 countries that have the largest Christian populations, and then asked a
series of questions to individuals who self-identified as Christians.
In 35 of the 84 countries, “at least two-thirds of all Christians say religion is very important in their
lives.” Out of the 35 countries, 32 are from Africa or Latin America. The other three countries —
the United States, the Philippines and Malaysia — also said that “religion is very important in their
A summary of the survey states that the findings demonstrate the “broader pattern of Christianity’s
‘march southward’ from wealthy countries to developing ones.”
Ethiopia was ranked number one for having the world’s most committed Christians, with 98 percent
of self-identified Christians stating their faith is very important in their daily lives. A close second
was the self-identified Christians in the Philippines with 91 percent saying their faith was important
in their lives.
In the United States, 68 percent of self-identified Christians stated that their faith was important to
their lives. This statistic is particularly significant when viewed against the response of Christians
in other Western countries: 58 percent in Greece, 30 percent in Spain, 23 percent in Italy, 12 percent
in France, 12 percent in Germany and only 11 percent in the United Kingdom said that their Christian
faith was important to their lives.
Christians and Their Daily Prayer Life
Pew also asked those surveyed about their daily prayer life.
“Christians in Africa and Latin America also tend to pray and attend church at higher rates than
Christians in most of the rest of the world. For instance, at least four out of five Christians in Nigeria,
Liberia, Senegal, Cameroon and Chad pray every day,” the report notes.
They found that prayer life in most European countries was dramatically low. It was found that less
than 10 percent of self-identified Christians in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK pray daily.
Given those statistics, it shouldn’t be surprising that only less than 10 percent of Christians in nine
European counties attend church each week.
These numbers point to a declining trend in committed Christianity in wealthy Western countries,
while poorer countries around the world are seeing an increase.
(H/T: Pew Research)