The future of christianity in sub saharan africa mercy amba oduyoye about the author kenneth ross formerly professor of theology at the university of malawi has also served as general secretary of the church of scotland board of world mission. As with christianity muslim growth in sub saharan africa primarily is driven by high fertility and the relatively young age profile of the population in the region religious switching is expected to play a minor role in future muslim population trends around the world. Practiced by relatively few in 1900 christianity and islam are now dominant religions in sub saharan africa just a little more than a century ago most africans 76 practiced traditional african religions according to historical estimates from the world religion database in 1900 just 14 of . While sub saharan africa has almost twice as many christians as muslims on the african continent as a whole the two faiths are roughly balanced with 400 million to 500 million followers each
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