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I've heard it suggested the male/female ratio of Christians is such that there are significantly more female Christians than male Christians.

Is this true? I don't seem to be able to find an answer online, but presumably statistics must exist, e.g. census or church registers (although of course there are potentially biases within such records).

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(I don't see why this would be considered 'opinion-based', I'm looking specifically for some sort of statistics, rather than opinion.) –  8128 Sep 23 '13 at 21:03
The answer to the question in the title is almost certainly "no" for any reasonable way of determining who is a Christian. The probability of two such large numbers being exactly equal is extremely small. –  Andreas Blass Sep 23 '13 at 21:10
I think the question is fine. There are demographic numbers available on things like this. I'm sure an estimation based on those would be acceptable to the asker. @AndreasBlass I am equally certain that the asker means "about equal." Differing by 3% is probably "equal" in most people's mind. –  fredsbend Sep 23 '13 at 22:45
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about statistics likely to change over time and unlikely to be helpful to future visitors –  David Stratton Sep 24 '13 at 0:37
Or if we just live it alone as is, for reasons I listed above ... –  fredsbend Nov 16 '14 at 16:58

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I would suggest it's impossible to know how many Christians there are in the world.

Slightly easier would be the number of people claiming to be Christian - a look at Census data in a lot of countries will tell you this information. The Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests that more percentage wise more women than men claim to be Christians (http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/FA58E975C470B73CCA256E9E00296645?opendocument). Whether these people actual are Christians and whether they are practicing Christians (attend church, read their bible, live in a "Christian" way) is unknown.

Although I'm not sure if it is reflected globally, there is an organisation called NCLS that runs surveys in churches in Australia (and possibly around the world). There numbers show that men represent 39% of church attendees (http://www.ncls.org.au/default.aspx?sitemapid=137). You could rightly argue that not everyone attending church is a Christian but that brings me back to my first point that it's impossible to know how many Christians there are in the world.

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