Paul Bremmer – May 21, 2017
It was the land where Jesus Christ once walked.
It was the region where the first Christian communities were established.
But today, Christianity barely maintains a foothold in the Middle East, as the region’s Christian population has plummeted over the past 100 years.
In 1910, Christians made up 13.6 percent of the Mideast’s population. A hundred years later, in 2010, that number had declined to 4.2 percent. By 2025, Christians are expected to represent just over 3 percent of the Middle East’s population.
Lebanon, which was more than three-fourths Christian a century ago, is expected to be only 30 percent Christian in 2025. Syria, which was 15.6 percent Christian in 1910, is projected to be only 2.7 percent Christian eight years from now. Iraq was 6.3 percent Christian a century ago, but will be only 0.6 percent Christian in 2025. In Turkey, the Christian population was a robust 21.7 percent in 1910 but is expected to be a mere 0.2 percent in 2025.