As of 2007 Brill is the publisher of the
World Christian Database (WCD), which complements the
World Religion Database. The WCD is updated quarterly and was completely refurbished in 2018. It includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This extraordinary database is an invaluable reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, health organizations, and news media. Information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demography. Additional secular data is included on population, health, education, languages, and communication. All this information makes the WCD an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christian and religious demography and the history of Christianity. Thousands of sources are evaluated and reviewed on a weekly basis by a professional staff dedicated to expanding and updating the WCD. There is no other resource completely focused on providing global statistics on World Christianity today.
Sources - A large majority of the data collected for the WCD comes from published and unpublished sources, field work, interviews, and questionnaires - Around 5,000 statistical questionnaires returned by churches and national collaborators over the period 1982-present
- Field surveys and interviews on the spot in over 200 countries
- A mass of unpublished documentation on all countries, collected on the field, including reports, memoranda, photographs, maps, statistical summaries, and historical documents
- Around 4,500 printed contemporary descriptions of churches, describing denominations, movements, countries and confessions
- Officially-published reports of 500 government-organized national censuses of population
- A series of in-depth interviews with bishops, church leaders, and theologians
Detailed Religious and Demographic Statistics include: - Global comparative figures for every major religion
- Population and religious adherents for every country and United Nations region
- Access to source material on religious affiliation (census and survey figures)
- Breakdown of major religions into traditions (e.g. Sunni-Shi’as within Islam)
- Multiple data points to compare growth rates (1900, 1950, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2025, 2050)
- Feedback mechanism for users to comment on data, sources and methodology
- Population and Adherents (for 1900, 1970, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2025, 2050)
- Demographics (birth rate, adult percentage, life expectancy)
- Health (HIV rates, access to water, mortality)
- Education (literacy percentage, schools, universities)
- Communication (scripture access, religious freedom)
- Christian personnel
- Evangelism rates
- Status of missions work
- Lists of Christian denominations in every country
- Country, regional, and global estimates of Pentecostals and Charismatics
- Status of Bible translation
Features and Benefits - 9,000 Denominations
- 13,000 Ethnolinguistic Peoples
- 5,000 Cities
- 3,000 Provinces
- 238 Countries
- Quarterly updates
- Unique reference tool for professionals, scholars, students, agencies, news media
All those interested in Christian and religious demographics and the history of Christianity including religion scholars, historians, and social scientists.
Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D., (William Carey International University, 1993), is Research Fellow for Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. He is the author of many books and articles on global Christian and religious demographics and co-author of
World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2001) and
World Christian Trends (William Carey Library, 2001).
Gina A. Zurlo is Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and a PhD student at Boston University. Her studies focus on international religious demography, world Christianity, and the history of religious demography. She is also a Research Associate at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, specializing in Jewish demography. She was the Senior Editorial Assistant on the
Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press, 2009).
'The World Christian Database is a unique and worthwhile database to have at institutions that have programs in sociology, history, an religion. [...] It is an incredible database when it comes to content.'
Michelle Sporner in
The Charleston Advisor 'The World Christian Database is a valuable resource for faculty, students, and religious practitioners seeking information about the religious characteristics of all countries in the world.'
Robert Wuthnow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University