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In Europe, Islam Rises, Christianity Falls
CHICAGO TRIBUNE July 02, 2006
In France and in almost every other European country, Christianity appears to be in a free fall. Although up to 88 percent of the French identify themselves as Catholic, only about five percent go to church on most Sundays; 60 percent say they "never" or "practically never" go. But Islam is a thriving force. The 12 million to 15 million Muslims who live in Europe make up less than five percent of the total population, but the vitality of their faith has led some experts to predict that Islam will become the continent's dominant faith. Princeton University historian Bernard Lewis, the dean of American Middle East scholars, flatly predicts that Europe will be Muslim by the end of this century.