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Ratio of evangelicals in Brazil jumps 44% in 10 years
A shot of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
June 29th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

Ratio of evangelicals in Brazil jumps 44% in 10 years

By Shasta Darlington, CNN

Sao Paulo (CNN) – The number of evangelical Christians s in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country, has soared over the last decade, from 15% of the population in 2000 to to 22% of the population in 2010, according to a report issued on Friday.

Over the same period, the proportion of Catholic Brazilians fell from 74% of the population to to 65%, Brazil’s National Statistics Institute reported.

In overall terms, the percentage of evangelicals rose 44%, as evangelical churches won over the faithful, especially women and people in poorer communities.

The rise of evangelical Christianity is a growing trend across Latin America.

Forty years ago, 93.% of Brazilians considered themselves Catholic, compared with just 4% who identified as evangelical. In the same period, those who say they aren’t religious has grown to 8%, up from less than 1%.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Christianity

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Jesus Christ of Nazareth

    "Praise unto Him, and He shalleth poop unto thine face"
    Hot Carl (17, 18)

    July 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Telepathic communication with 2000 year old zombie changes things. Also, a small footnote: Jesus watches you poop. Proven.

    July 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  3. buckminster fullerine is real

    god, is not...

    July 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things
    Pray without ceasing

    July 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Answer

      Prayer without ceasing... absolutely.

      You freaks stay on your knees til you perish. That is what will help this world – when you freaks stay out of the business of running the world. I wholeheartedly encourage you freaks to do just that and stay on your knees. Lock yourself away from us and die off in your homes.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • just sayin'

      Uh . . . Stalin! Yeah, something about Stalin. That proves my point . . . if I had a point. Words tangle, flumble.

      This thinking stuff is really hard!

      July 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven
      Powerful
      Pervasive

      July 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Prevarication
      Pathetic
      Perjury
      Pretense

      July 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • just sayin

      @AGuest9
      Recognizing and listing your failings is the first step to salvation, Jesus can take care of all your sins. God bless

      July 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  5. Tim

    Brazil needs secularism, not another sect of the Christian cult (or any other religious cults).

    July 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Even though I am a christian, I admit that I don't really believe in prayer but my therapist told me that if I keep posting anti-atheism posts on all of these chat boards, I would be able to work out my anger and hatred for God. God doesn't love me or anyone else, and I know that. In fact I hate god!

    July 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  7. kml

    those catholics who turned themselves to the evangelicals didn't really know the teaching of the church that was built by Jesus thru' "Cephas", Peter the Rock. i would suggest these converts to a christian denomination must read Christian History and find out what the early church look like, is it evangelical or more Catholic... of the answer would be the latter...

    July 1, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • freeb

      You should stop believing in fairy tales, not matter who tells them.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      There is all kinds of historical evidence that Peter was not even in Rome at all, much less a bishop in Rome. They made it all up. The words "thou art Peter etc." obviously were added much later, (the word "ecclesia" is Greek), and if Jesus had said that they would have said, "a what ?", as there was no such thing as a "church" until many hundreds of years later. So sad, too bad.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • vulpecula

      Actually, it was my interest into finding early information about the christians that lead to me wanting to find out about other religions, then turning agnostic and then atheist. So yea, I'd agree with klm

      July 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  8. Cyric

    Or as we like to call it religious crazies

    July 1, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  9. looks like

    The flood happened and serves as a warning of the final judgement to come. Best find the answer in Genesis, the flood was much more than what we see as floods on the earth today.

    July 1, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • JWT

      a god only worthy of scorn.

      July 1, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • let us know

      how that scorn thingy works out for you at judgement day.

      July 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • jwt

      There is not going to be a judgement day. And if your god turns out to be real and has a day to judge you then it will not bother me any since it will not be judgeing me as it is not my god.

      July 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • let us know

      if that your not my judge thingy works out for you if you are ever in an earthly court

      July 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • jwt

      There is a difference bwteeen a court judge appointed by the gov't and a fairy in the sky.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • AGuest9

      "looks like" you should study some geology at the university level, and perhaps some mathematics, as well. History might help, too. About 10000BCE, massive flooding occurred as the ice age came to an end, contributing to global flood stories. In Mesopotamia and other areas bordering the Mediterranean around 5000BCE, levels of many seas rose, inundating the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates, burying many villages, and drowning the areas around the Persian Gulf. A few villages have been excavated. The math comes in to show that there does not exist the amount of water on earth to cover all of the land masses. Even if every bit of ice melts in the polar caps, the sea level will rise about 200 feet. As scary as that is, the vast majority of land area of the contents will be well above sea level.

      July 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  10. spamfighter

    Catholic or Evangelical ... totally irrelevant! They both fall under the umbrella of Christianity. The real story here is about "those who say they aren’t religious has grown to 8%, up from less than 1%." Maybe that statistic is something the church should actually be concerned about ... don't be blinded by the smoke screen.

    July 1, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  11. looks like

    Brazil is on fire for the Lord. Praise God !

    June 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • The Devil is in the Details

      And they have a stunningly high crime rate! Praise the lord!

      July 1, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • looks like

      you do also

      July 1, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  12. HeavenSent

    Heaven sent us tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other disasters that have killed millions of people, many of them innocent. Heaven sent us typhoid, meningitis, lupus, and cancers and other diseases too numerous to mention that have caused horrible pain and suffering to millions of innocent people, children included.

    Wow, god must be quite the asshole.

    Amen.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Nope

      for an atheist to say that only disproved you don't believe in God

      Such a scam.

      June 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Mirosal

      According to your own "holy text", your "god" wiped out the ENTIRE planet, save for one little boat floating around for 40 days. An ENTIRE planet? That makes anything a political leader does pale in comparison to that. And you say your "god" is loving, after "he" eradicated an entire world?

      July 1, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • great intellect my ass

      Mensa my ass

      July 1, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • Mirosal

      Instead of hurling insults, try refuting what I said. Do you now say that your "great flood" never happened?

      July 1, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  13. Laurence Ringo

    Wow,Jimmy.Felt any real hate lately?I'm no great fan of the pope,but to actually wish his death speaks volumes about your character,sir.And since the article was largely about the rise of evangelical activity,either you think the readers of this blog are incredibly dim-witted,are unable to follow current events,or should simply follow you down the yellow brick road of lunacy.As vile and ill-informed as some of the atheist bloggers'comments on this site are,even they have enough decency not to wish anyone's death(at least so far;I'm not optimistic after they read this!).At any rate,Jimmy,maybe you should do a little soul-searching...And by the way,do you have children?

    June 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  14. dumb mother

    It's a very sneaky twilight zone!
    It caught me out every time!
    I've got 7 dumb kids to prove it!
    Very sadly, it's a very sneaky twilight zone!

    June 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • The Corrector

      Ah! You poor dumb mother!
      The twilight zone's renowned for catching junk out!
      Is there anyway you can reverse your involvement with the twilight zone?

      June 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • herbie/nope/captainamerica/capitalistclown/no one gives a sh it/atheism is unhealthy/heavensent/etc etc etc etc

      ALL THE SAME IDIOT.
      WANTS ATTENTION.
      POSTS LACKLUSTER TROLL POSTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UNDER COUNTLESS USERNAMES.
      STOP
      RESPONDING
      TO
      THIS
      FEEBLE-MINDED
      KID....

      June 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • herbie

      there is no herbie

      June 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • what is asserted without proof

      replying to multiple name theorist... prove it or move it
      you are dismissed loser

      June 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • haha

      haha herbie got outed and clowned haha

      July 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • herbie

      there still is no herbie

      July 2, 2012 at 8:48 am |
  15. b4bigbang

    Moby Schtick
    Questions for god believers:

    1. Why do you find it so important to label atheism as a religion?

    Ans) Only some posters make that as sertion. However, there are atheists who post atheist reasonings on boards 'religiously' (meaining regularly, often, without fail – yes, this is a correct usage for this word). Does this make atheism a religion? No. However, this atheism is a very strongly held core belief of many posting here, as is evidenced by the content and quant ity of their postings, as well as by some of the atheists’ own statements affirming this fact. So while it's not a religion, it's certainly a philosophy, and a dearly-held one for some IMO.

    2. Why do you think that the skeptic has to disprove what you, the claimant, have not yet proven?
    Ans) Again, this only applies to the "you" out there who fall for this logic-trap. Most religious people who've taken a critical thinking course don’t make a habit of c ommitting the more common fallacies – including myself and others.

    3. Why are you so afraid to follow the rules of logical reasoning?
    Ans) Again, this only applies to some religious posters. Indeed, many scientists and engineers practice a faith and yet use logic and critical thinking every day. As to why they don’t always follow the rules of logical reasoning regarding their faith, see question #4.

    4. Why do you so clearly understand the rules of logic and a ssertion when making large purchases ("closing" a real estate deal in a lawyer’s office with all sorts of professional people adding their signature to the legal agreement), but you don't follow those exact same rules when examining your faith verses all others?
    Ans) Apples and oranges. Indeed, it would probably be a logical fallacy to treat a personal faith or philosophy in the same manner that you would treat a biz deal or contract.

    5. What LOGICAL validation is there for your faith that there isn't for all the faiths you disbelieve?
    Ans) I can't speak for everyone, but I, and many of my fellow Christians that I know, initially came to faith in Christ with no physical evidence to convince us at all. It was only *after* placing faith in Christ that I (and many other Christians I know) had the privilege of witnessing miracles, which IMO is good evidence. I initially believed because the gospel made personal philosophical sense to me – nothing more than that initially.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Apologies for the double post. CNN was giving me fits trying to post this.

      June 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I appreciate the thoughtful replies, b4. You are not the typical christian poster, here. Nice reasoning.

      Would you then agree that atheism/disbelief is the more logical position to hold, seeing as there is no measurable, testable method to prove the existence of your god and because so much of the bible's claims as to the nature of the universe have been proven completely wrong?

      July 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • b4bigbang

      Moby Schtick: "I appreciate the thoughtful replies, b4....
      Would you then agree that atheism/disbelief is the more logical position to hold, seeing as there is no measurable, testable method to prove the existence of your god..."

      Ans) Disbelief is the obvious natural position to hold for one who has never encountered God. We're all born separated from the knowledge of God; however he has endowed us with relatively good natural senses and a marvelous brain with which to survive, thrive and explore our physical universe. The fact that these physical tools, armed with logic and math, are perfectly suited for exploration of the physical world, does not mean that it would be logical to assume no God due to their inability to detect a spiritual being or realm.

      ...and because so much of the bible's claims as to the nature of the universe have been proven completely wrong?"

      Ans) A lot of so-called "Bible's claims" really turn out to be men's claims, ie, men who arrive at a scientific conclusion based on their own private interpretation of Scripture. IMO, a person would have as much difficulty turning Genesis into a science book as an atheist would have turning Darwin's treatise into a hymnbook.

      I do believe in Biblical infallability, but i also know that a lot of people have said and written a lot of their own opinions as to what the Scriptures are telling us – hence the crazy false info; eg, the medieval supersti tious Catholic invention of a magic unicorn thousands of years after Mid-eastern Jews wrote about the rhino in the old testament, which describes no magic power at all.

      July 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Very interesting, b4. Thanks.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • vulpecula

      Atheism is neither a religion or philosophy. It is simply the position that deities don't exist. What an atheists beliefs are beyond that are something totally different. There is no atheist dogma, and each individual atheist's philosophy is as varied as the number of religions, or the number of atheists, whichever is less. There has been countless numbers of religions, but atheism isn't one of them.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  16. b4bigbang

    Moby Schtick
    Questions for god believers:

    1. Why do you find it so important to label atheism as a religion?

    Ans) Only some posters make that as sertion. However, there are atheists who post atheist reasonings on boards 'religiously' (meaining regularly, often, without fail – yes, this is a correct usage for this word). Does this make atheism a religion in the usual sense? No. However, this atheism is a very strongly held core belief of many posting here, as is evidenced by the content and quant ity of their postings, as well as by some of the atheists’ own statements affirming this fact. So while it's not a religion, it's certainly a philosophy, and a dearly-held one for some IMO.

    2. Why do you think that the skeptic has to disprove what you, the claimant, have not yet proven?
    Ans) Again, this only applies to the "you" out there who fall for this logic-trap. Most religious people who've taken a critical thinking course don’t make a habit of committing the more common fallacies – including myself and others.

    3. Why are you so afraid to follow the rules of logical reasoning?
    Ans) Again, this only applies to some religious posters. Indeed, many scientists and engineers practice a faith and yet use logic and critical thinking every day. As to why they don’t always follow the rules of logical reasoning regarding their faith, see question #4.

    4. Why do you so clearly understand the rules of logic and a ssertion when making large purchases ("closing" a real estate deal in a lawyer’s office with all sorts of professional people adding their signature to the legal agreement), but you don't follow those exact same rules when examining your faith verses all others?
    Ans) Apples and oranges. Indeed, it would probably be a logical fallacy to treat a personal faith or philosophy in the same manner that you would treat a biz deal or contract.

    5. What LOGICAL validation is there for your faith that there isn't for all the faiths you disbelieve?
    Ans) I can't speak for everyone, but I, and many of my fellow Christians that I know, initially came to faith in Christ with no physical evidence to convince us at all. It was only *after* placing faith in Christ that I (and many other Christians I know) had the privilege of witnessing miracles, which IMO is good evidence. I initially believed because the gospel made philosophical sense to me – nothing more than that initially.

    June 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      PS: For those who insist that atheism is not even a philsophy, but merely a lack of belief in a god, then I can amend my statement to say that atheism is a logical conclusion for those who have a somewhat strongly-held belief in scientific-materialism.

      June 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      b4bigbang..god is still an hypothesis.. you have no prooF .What critical thinking courses did you take to prove your god..ie.. how do you dismiss other gods such as Thor or Ra what evidence did you apply to determine they were false? are the Muslims wrong because of your course

      July 1, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Big bang ....what miracles did you witness and how did you apply your critical thinking to determining if it was a miracle" or a natural phenom`you could not explain.. can you give us the details

      July 1, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      There were all kinds of itinerant preachers running around in Jesus' day. They were all seen to be doing miracles. That does not fly as an argument. Neither does the resurrection. Read you some Bart Ehrman, and get over the fairy tales.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • junior

      Prayer changes people, I am living proof.

      June 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • another repentant sinner

      Prayer changes lives, I to am living proof

      June 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  18. Dave

    Some of you need a facelift!
    Us Elders know how to handle you sad clowns!

    June 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  19. Denise

    Poor Brazil. >0 evangelicals is bad news for any country.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  20. Jimmy

    I hope a helicopter carrying the Pope crashes into Rio's giant Jesus statue and explodes, and little scorched chunks of concrete Jesus and little smoking chunks of the Pope rain down on the favela like manna from heaven.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Dave

      Your a genius Jimmy!
      What a cute way to get rid of the Pope!
      Jesus has had a few nails before, so a little helicopter damage can't be all that bad!
      Keep hoping Jimmy!
      I like your style on this one!

      June 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
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