A Statistical Analysis of the Relationship Between Persecution and Recent Growth of the Christian Church (2015-2018)

Persecution of Christians is on the increase throughout the world today. Nevertheless, even in those countries in which some of the most severe persecution is taking place, a slow growth in numbers of Christians is actually being recorded. Statistical analysis of available data from the Open Doors World Watch List (WWL) and the World Christian Database (WCD) has revealed some interesting results. Where one might have expected a negative influence of persecution on church growth, we found no statistically significant relationship between any change in the level of overall persecution and church growth. Even more striking, what we did find was a significant correlation between increasing levels of violent persecution and positive church growth over the recent three-year period (2015-2018).

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