you're further in the margins than you think!

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Posted by Dawud ( on August 22, 2002 at 20:18:30:

In Reply to: The Faith is still a marginalized religion posted by Jamey on August 21, 2002 at 20:00:32:

"Given that Baha'i is without doubt the "best" Faith in History"...

Um, I would have picked some other religion, but okay, whatever.

" is shocking that our membership is around 6,000,000 worldwide."

No way. Not even close. Whenever I travel, I ask around for estimates of the local Baha'i population. The answers are always lower than the official number--and not by just a little bit off either, but typically by multiples of between four and ten. While we can never really know the "real number" (surveys won't usually work in this case), I'd estimate the worldwide Baha'i population to be about a million and a half. No idea whether you are growing, shrinking, or neither.

But you know what? That's okay. I mean, the Quakers never had more than a few hundred thousand members, and they're not only influential, but created a distinct culture and spirituality. Even without conquering the world!

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