Christianity declines while Islam on the rise in Germany
44.8 million people were members of the Catholic and Protestant churches in 2017 in Germany, while this figure decreased by about 660 thousand in the past year to 44.14 million. The number of Muslims in the country is increasing day by day.
Many Christians in Germany abandon their faith for reasons such as the church's inhumane demeanor, lack of trust and credence, and lack of satisfaction with the faith.
Despite all the hindrances in the country, the number of Muslims is increasing every day.
44.8 million people were members of Catholic and Protestant churches in 2017, while this figure decreased by about 660 thousand in the past year to 44.14 million according to German media reports.
The number of those who left the Catholic Church, which makes up the country's two largest faith groups, was recorded as 216,780 last year, while that figure was announced as 220,000 for the Protestant Church.
The Catholic Church has 23 million members in Germany, while the number of people of Protestant faith is 21.14 million according to its own figures released by both churches.
Muslims consist of 5 percent of the population
37 percent of people in Germany do not consider themselves to belong to any religion or belief group according to 2017 data while 28 percent of the population are Catholics and 26 percent are Protestants.
The proportion of Muslims across the country is 5 percent, which estimates 4.4 to 4.7 million Muslims live in the country according to the latest data.
It is stated that the factors related to the population, as well as personal preferences, played an important role in decreasing the demand for churches.
On the other hand, despite all the blocking and attacks against Muslims in the country, the number of those who choose Islam is increasing.
It is stated that migrant Muslims of Turkish origin played an important role in the rise of Islam.
It is stated that the number of Muslims in Germany increased by 200 thousand in 2006-2007, this increase was due to migration and birth surpluses.
63 thousand Muslim children were born in Germany in 2007, according to the data. The number of Muslims in Germany increased from 3 million 294 thousand in 2006 to 3 million 508 thousand in 2007 as a result of the increase. The number of Muslims who are German citizens has also increased in parallel with this development.
Although their numbers are not fully known, thousands of people abandoning different faiths, mainly Christianity, choose Islam every year while the increase in turn to Islam also concerns German officials.
The German Bertelsmann Foundation's research revealing prejudices towards Islam in society has been published recently.
"The majority of Muslims are peaceful, benevolent and sympathetic"
"It is alarming in Germany that one in two people feel threatened by Islam," said Reutlinger General Anzeiger newspaper commented on the study.
"Those who know Muslims, or who go to countries where the majority of their population are Muslims, do not understand this negative perception towards the whole of religion," the newspaper noted while further underscored that the majority of Muslims are peaceful, benevolent and sympathetic.
"Those who pose a threat are bandits and fanatics. These are found in every religion, including Christianity", it added.
"Growing numbers of people of the Islamic faith will continue to change Germany"
"Is Islam dangerous? Is it a threat to the Germans' fear?" The Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper asked and had the following assessment:
"No! Dangerous is not to believe in a single God, to live according to His commandments, but to corrupt individuals and radical groups who abuse religion for their own purposes. There is no argument that Islam is a socially vibrant and politically active religion. And Growing numbers of people of the Islamic faith will continue to change Germany."