Math! How long does it take to reach 200 million?

Instapundit ask the reader (e.g. me) to do the math exercise:

Question left as an exercise for the reader: How long, at 10,000 / day, does it take to reach 200 million?

Well, 10 000/day will make it 3.65 million/year, and 200 ÷ 3.65 = 54.79 years. So half a century (50 years) to reach 200 million, as according to … 

Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter’s veteran correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world’s largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary force in history.

So it kinda left me wonder what could make Instapundit surprised if these predictions bore out: the 200 million in half century part, or the 10 000/day part? 


  1. giacomo said,

    August 10, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    so it will become the biggest Christian community in a single nation, isn’t it?

  2. mich said,

    August 10, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Well, personally I won’t think that the number matters much. I would rather think that how many souls can be saved through the grace of God rather than how big the nation is: “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14.

  3. giacomo said,

    August 12, 2007 at 11:35 am

    yes, I can understand your point of view but I was thinking to the impact that this fact will have to the weight of the Chinese in the Christian community around the world… I think my way of seeing is influenced by my Italian background, here we are used to see how Vatican works, and it has also a political influence

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