Tuesday, October 24, 2006
“Rethinking the International Expansion of Mormonism"
Today, the Mormon blog By Common Consent posted "Review: Phillips, 'Rethinking Expansion'," a brief summary and review of Rick Phillips article in the August 2006 issue of Nova Religio, "Rethinking the International Expansion of Mormonism." It is must reading, and makes me want to read the whole article (not available online). Here is the first paragraph:

Just how secure are Mormon membership figures? Mormons take it for granted that many of their church’s members are not “active” participants in church life, but how many “inactive” Mormons even consider themselves to be members? Phillips uses recent census data from Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and New Zealand to attempt an answer to this question. According to the data, the number of self-professed Mormons is between 23-58 percent of the number claimed by the church. (Australia 47.5%, Austria 57.1%, Canada 58.4% (lower outside Alberta), Chile 27.3%, Mexico 23.2%.)

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