I wrote an angry letter to the editors of the Cambridge factfinders. I told them that they should check with Mr. Walter Hinteler before publishing their mistakes on Germany's religious makeup. Why those idiots who wrote the Cambridge factfinder book in 1993 actually put down the following under religions--
Lutheran(55%) Roman Catholic (38%)
Perhaps they didn't have access to the datas (e.g. published by the "Federal Statiscital Office Germany
" or the "CIA World Fact Book
" or any other correct data?
Those above data, btw, have could have never been correct since
There were 36,001,617 Lutherans in Europe by the end of 2003
[source: Total number of Lutherans worldwide climbs to nearly 66 million
, which would mean, only about 13 million would live outside Germany :wink:]
According to the website of the Evangelical Churches in Germany
, these had 26, 211, 000 members in 2002 [ of those, 10,686,000 are Lutherans
], following closely the Catholics, who had 26, 466, 000.
And in 2002, the Christian German population was 65,7 % in totaliter.
Yes, you really can ask from where your source got those facts, especially, since I know that Cambridge university has those datas as printed sources stored in their libraries in some dozens of publications - back to beginning of church statistics in Germany.