A. THE COUNTRY
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 coral islands
in the Atlantic Ocean between Florida and Cuba, forty of which are
occupied. It is a Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
(Queen Elizabeth II). The Bahamas are heavily dependent on tourism (80%
from USA). Banking is also important and the country functions as a tax
haven for many. Materialism, stimulated mostly by tourism, deeply
affects all levels of society.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~346,000 and the official language English.
~79% are African Caribbean, ~10.7% European, ~0.8% Other.
There is a growing Haitian diaspora.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~94.65% claim to be Christian, ~3.5% Non-religious, ~1.05%
Ethnoreligionist, ~0.45% Baha’i, ~0.3% Jewish, ~0.05% Chinese.
In the Christian category:
~61.38% are Protestant, ~14.38% Catholic, ~13.68% Anglican, ~9.14%
Independent, ~2.14% Unaffiliated, ~1.87% are considered ‘marginal’,
Christian commitment is low and nominalism widespread, despite nearly
all Bahamians claiming to be Christian.
Evangelicals represent ~35.9% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~16.1% and of those ~13% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.