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. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    June 30, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Brainwash is bad for health

      Intolerance... Trademark of some religions...

      July 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  2. Jack

    Good evening. Everyone is cordially invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 30, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  3. Colin

    Que pena. Os brasileiros estão trocando uma fada do céu para outra.....

    June 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Fisiologismo de Cristo

      O problema é a relação fisiológica entre religião e política. Só falta o Maluf dizer que é evangélico (e ser eleito). Outra coisa ruim é a intolerância religiosa. Neste caso, tanto faz o grupo religioso dominante... A liberdade religiosa e de pensamento deve ser sempre prioridade, e não atacada e destruída por alguns "cristãos" de paletó e gravata que fraudam licitações...

      July 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  4. Bootyfunk

    what a sad story.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  5. Enoch

    Brazilians are selling the blessed Mary for evil money.
    "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" Mark 8:36

    June 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • A more appropriate scripture

      "Gozer will come in one of the pre-chosen forms" Gozerians 3:54-12

      June 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  6. Mennoknight

    And the county with the most born again Christians is.... ....China with between 100 and 130 million Christians.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Answer

      Then why are you all uptight about the jobs that are going overseas to China then? If they're christian then you should be happy.

      And what about this "Made in China" stuff that comes into your country that you denigrate and put down? Is it because that maybe that it is the atheists in China that made it? Just goes to show that when you're religious you don't even know how to apply yourself to working. To earn a living.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Wishful thinking does not make it true

      Actually, the highest reliable number for China is somewhere between 21 and 30 million. The 130 was pure propaganda put out by some big-talking megachurch millionaires, but they totally invented that number.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    Why don't we just make South America the continent where the believers live? Every last on of them. They can have their world and live happily ever after waiting to go to heaven. Is South America big enough to hold all these idiots?

    June 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Voice of Reason


      Every last "one" of them.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      They would all fit into one very large building that Jeebus is going to slam down on Jerusalem when he returns with his UFO gang of angels to murder billions of innocent people. Didn't you get the memo on that?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • uh-huh

      Then we should also fence the gays and lesbians right? Listen to yourself talk.

      June 30, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • why waste fencing

      There is no need of qu eers anywhere on this planet

      June 30, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  8. just sayin

    Praise God for the Holy Spirits influence on Brazil. God bless

    June 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      A rise from one percent to eight percent atheists / agnostics sure is nice, ain't it? Gosh.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • Brampt

      A religion that says that Jesus is God, that actively participates in politics, that send its members to war, that uses emotions to explore peoples money cannot have the Holy spirit.... but the spirit of the ruler of this world!

      June 30, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Just sayin lots of nuts in Brazil...fitting.

      June 30, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  9. Clown question bro

    I'm a troll?

    Never! It cannot be true!!

    June 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Yes, I'm sure we are all suitably stunned by this development. Who would have ever guessed?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  10. Moby Schtick

    And many of the advanced countries of the world are majority atheist. Interesting.

    June 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      have a bunch of idiots who claim to be "religious"(but aren't) give them power bam! you got a screwed up nation.

      lol funny thing is..For a Christian or any other religion who believes humans sin..addictions are gods.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  11. doctore0

    Evangelicals = Fancy name for con men

    June 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      wow pal this isn't school anymore.This real life.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      lol i like how my fans steal my name!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      Not always sure what's going on or who I am

      June 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      your just another wanna be troll

      June 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      And when I say 'your' I actually mean 'you're' because I am super awesome at communicating in effective ways

      Or I just mean 'me', because I am THE troll here today.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      me a troll?


      June 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      "THE" troll? Come at me, bro. lol
      We're all trolls here. It is the quintessential and natural extension of commenting.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  13. A dose of reality

    A few questions should help shed light on the relationship between religion and rational thought.
    The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the field of:
    (a) Astronomy;
    (b) Medicine;
    (c) Economics; or
    (d) Christianity
    You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are a:
    (a) historian;
    (b) geologist;
    (c) NASA astronomer; or
    (d) Christian
    I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am
    (a) A gifted psychologist
    (b) A well respected geneticist
    (c) A highly educated sociologist
    (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.
    I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am
    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;
    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly
    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or
    (d) your average Christian
    Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:
    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;
    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;
    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or
    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.
    I believe that an all powerful being, capable of creating the entire cosmos watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty". I am
    (a) A victim of child molestation
    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover
    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions
    (d) A Christian
    The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:
    (a) Architecture;
    (b) Philosophy;
    (c) Archeology; or
    (d) Religion
    What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from religion:
    (a) Religion tells people not only what they should believe, but what they are morally obliged to believe on pain of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;
    (b) Religion can make a statement, such as “there is a composite god comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;
    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas religion is regional and a person’s religious conviction, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than an accident of birth; or
    (d) All of the above.
    If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:
    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;
    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;
    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or
    (d) my religious belief.
    Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free and my own salary is also tax free, at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am
    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker
    (b) A mafia boss
    (c) A drug pusher; or
    (d) A Catholic Priest, Protestant Minister or Jewish Rabbi.
    What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:
    (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;
    (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;
    (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or
    (d) All of the above.
    The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:
    (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;
    (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;
    (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions to distribute condoms; or
    (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

    June 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  14. Your Attention Please! Troll Warnings Have Been Issued!

    Your Attention Please! Troll Warnings Have Been Issued!

    Please note that there are only one or two Christians trolling away here under many names.

    One is HeavenSent/prayertroll. Think about the kind of things she always says, and there she is, no matter what name she is using.

    The other is ClownQuestion/Hmmmm/TheCapitalist/bubbles/C'mon Mannnnnn/panstonfire/StarPerformer, and many many more names. This is a fairly new 18-year-old boy who is playing a trolling game. Heavy name shifting, replying to his own posts, repeating cliches with the intent of provoking responses, ad hominem, and other lonely bitter approaches like that.

    Neither has any intention of debating rationally – they are purely trying to get a rise out of atheists. They are both childish losers who think they win by being annoying.

    I would that you not feed these snivelling woosies. You are playing their game by their rules if you do.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      notice how when a person tries to make an atheist prove they are correct its "trolling" gotta love that logic.


      June 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • what is asserted without proof

      can be dismissed without proof, loser you fail

      June 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      "Loser"? wow pal this isn't school anymore.This real life.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • what is asserted without proof

      remarks directed to original message the warning is unproven crap.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • sam

      They'll get bored and find something else to do – they always do.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Clown question bro


      June 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I think that the original poster was correct about "Clown". Either this person is a troll, or he/she is incredibly stupid.

      However, I think Heave Scent is for real. I think she's probably not the sanest person, but I think she is very earnest in her hatred of everyone who isn't her.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Clown question bro

    Atheism is a belief system.Don't let them fool you!

    June 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Horca

      don't let facts fool you, jacka$$

      June 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Still spouting off stupidity? Funny how you ran away from all the challenges to your asinine posts. But then again, what else can we expect from someone like you.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      ooo name calling!

      So logical!

      June 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Still unable to answer anything I see. Oh well, the more you post, the more you show how irrelevant you really are.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      why only God? I mean if atheists deny all gods why do they insist on wanting evidence from just Christians?

      June 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Hindus and the like aren't attempting to legislate their religion on the rest of us here in America. Perhaps less rhetoric would help you out.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      lol you believe everything don't you?

      June 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Another non sequitur, you know this is almost getting predictable.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post by 'Clown question bro' is an instance of an equivocation fallacy.


      June 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Call it what you want, but the "nones" is the fastest growing block! Look at the trend over 40 years, just in Brazil:

      RCC: 93% to 65% = -28%
      Evangelicals: 4% to 22% = + 18% or about a little more than 5X
      Nones: <1% to 8% = +7% or greated than 8X!

      We've seen stats that show much the same in many parts of the world and even in the USA. The world is starting figure out that there is no factual basis for religion. Religion is well on its way to taking its righful place beside astrology, its precedessor of the evolutionary tree of silly myths.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      lol you guys seriously believe everything you see and hear on tv including the internet.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      its impossible for an entire nation to become an atheist or a religious nation..use this "logic" you boast about.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Clown, it is trivial to go find numerous articles about this trend on the web, with several from believer "newspapers" such as http://www.christianpost.com. I didn't read every article in their entirety but it looks like the trend is well documented. One of the reasons I didn't read every article about the growth of evangelicalism is because I got distracted by many articles about corruption within the Brazilian evangelical community. Why do religion and scams seem to go hand in hand?

      Anyway, you seem to be saying the stats are no valid – please provide your supporting information. Or is if the same quality as your proof for (some/any) god?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • sam

      It's the same few statements and retorts over and over, like a bot. Or it's the only english he knows. Kind of a boring clown.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      stats don't relate to everybody.

      use some of that logic of yours.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Assuming by "entire nation" you mean "all of its citizens," it is not impossible for an entire nation to become atheist or theist. It might by highly improbably, like the probability that any gods exist, but it is not impossible.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      So Clown, you want to call into question survey methodolgy in general as a way to dispute the stats about Brazil. Is that your point? If not, please clearly state what you are hinting at.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      so there goes the atheistic dream down the drain.Everyone leaves religion and goes to atheism in the future.

      Total logic fail and an actual delusion for atheists to believe.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • no one gives a sh it

      what bull sh it some hotair Canadian thinks

      June 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And Clown, what is it about the stats you don't like? Are you in the RCC cult and don't like to see your market share decline? Do you consider evangelicals to be the devil's spawn? Are you upset over the relatively rapid rise of the "nones"? Or are you just throwing around bullshit to obscure some other point?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • no one gives a sh it

      that hotair Canadian is as useless as t its on a boar hog

      June 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      stats are selected or randomly picked.Stats CANNOT relate to every person as they only speak for themselves NOT others.

      what part of that don't you understand?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      no one gives a sh it, I'd tell you to Fuck Off! but that might give you an erection surpassing anything Viagra warns about, nor would I want to be responsible for you rushing off and raping someone. Actually you're probably dickless, in addition to being brainless, so to do anything that might remind you of your physical or mental state would be cruel and unusual punishment, so I will go back to ignoring you. Have a nice day!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      such temper! You need a time out!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • it doesn't take long

      for the true Canadian character to reveal its filth no wonder no one gives a sh it what it thinks. Is your mom still flat backing on bloor street for quarters.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      I failed statistics in high school, so stats are BS

      June 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      No sh/it Sherlock, err, Clown! Keep on studying up on statistics and let us know when you get to the bit about margin of error. Did you note the source of the report? If was Brazil’s National Statistics Institute – are you suggesting that a national institute does not undertand the proper collection and use of statistics? If so, why? Do you have data or just bullshit?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Clown, your ability to detect temper in electronic communications equals your ability to provide proof for your religious delusions – absolutely zero in both cases. I chose every word very carefully, with no anger at all.

      Now, are you going to anwer any questions or should we just ignore future posts by you?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • .....

      Bull sh it alert hit report abuse on all canadian hotairace posts

      June 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • sam

      The 'report abuse' link quit working months ago, dumbass.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      man you atheists are violent day!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • sam

      'Violent day'? You're breaking up, there, sparky.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      •today sorry

      June 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Yup, definitely calling troll on clown. Completely useless person with nothing of relevance or intelligence to say.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • sam

      It's a one trick pony having a little fun.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      hehee I'm a troll ^_^

      June 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • God

      And off is a TV chanel. Don't let 'em fool you.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Clown ....explain atheism.... and what we all think then...we admit that god is not real... and what else do we all agree on?

      June 30, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      Got proof of that claim?

      No proof of "No God" claim?

      Than atheism is a legit religion.

      June 30, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Sim34

      In the same way as being rational is a belief system.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  16. Yerba Buena

    Interesting that a country that religious also has such high crime rates.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Sim34

      It's amazing what you can do if you believe that all you have to do is say "I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior" to be forgiven. You can be the worse kind of monster all your life, mumble these words wit your last breath, and every thing's OK according to evangelicals. No wonder it's such a popular religion.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  17. Horca

    Missionaries should be lynched.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  18. Reality

    Dear Evangelicals and other Christians of Brazil,

    A prayer:

    The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    (references used are available upon request)

    June 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • .....

      Bull sh it alert hit report abuse on all reality posts

      June 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  19. sam

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

    Hmm. Go figure.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Jack

    Hello everyone. Each of you is welcome to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
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