Gold medal winning countries in the 2008 Olympics by religion
The categorisation of each country was drawn mainly from on-line surveys, including information from Wikipedia, and is not therefore in any sense scientific. Cranmer has not subdivided Islam or Buddhism into their denominations, and Sikhism does not appear as a distinct faith, being subsumed to the dominant Hindu culture of India. Where there was a close 50/50 division in statistical data (which only occurred in two Christian nations), Cranmer generously and benevolently gave the benefit of the doubt to Rome. Where it was less close division, regrettably the lesser religion (by number, not merit!) had to give way to the greater.
Of course, statistics may be presented to show almost any desired outcome, but this table showing the number of gold medals per nation rather speaks for itself.
The Gold-medal-winning religions of the world are therefore:
Christian 210 (70% of the gold medals won by 33.06% of the world*)
Buddhist 68 (23% won by 12.24%)
Muslim 9 (3% won by 20.28%)
Shinto 9 (3% won by 0.04%)
Atheist 5 (1.6% by 14.27%)
Hindu 1 (0.3% by 13.33%)
*Worldwide percentage of adherents by religion courtesy of Wikipedia.
And of these:
Protestant 120 (57% of the 'Christian' gold medals won by 36% of Christians**)
Orthodox 46 (22% won by 11%)
Roman Catholic 44 (21% won by 53%)
**These are roughly estimated figures based on those given for denominational adherence found in The World Christian Encyclopedia.
Or, if readers and communicants prefer:
All of which goes to show the he who honours the Lord, He will honour.
His Grace is assured that tables which rank medals by Head of State have Her Majesty way ahead of Hu Jintau and George W Bush or any other professing ruler of any spiritual or temporal empire. So the Supreme Governor of the Church of England is also Supreme Governor of the World when it comes to Olympic gold medals.