God’s losing battle

The Christian share of the US population is falling, while the number of American adults who don’t identify with any organized religion in particular is growing, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

It also says the changes are taking place, “across the religious landscape, and all regions of the country and many demographic groups.”

While the “drop in Christian affiliation” is marked among young adults, it’s nonetheless occurring among Americans of all ages and, “The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men, says Pew. 

But not to worry if you’re from the (disunited) states which, “remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans – roughly seven-in-ten – continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.”

The survey of more than 35,000 American adults 18 and older who describe themselves as Christians, dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% said an, “equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014”.

In the same period, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated Americans describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%.

And the share of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths also has inched up, rising 1.2 percentage points, from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Growth has been especially great among Muslims and Hindus, albeit from a very low base,” it declares.

Moreover, the drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics, it say, going on:

Each of those large religious traditions has shrunk by approximately three percentage points since 2007.

And the, “evangelical Protestant share of the U.S. population also has dipped, but at a slower rate, falling by about one percentage point since 2007.”

It’ d be extremely interesting to find learn how many respondents were influenced by the likes of the late  Christopher Hitchens and Oxford professor Richard Dawkins.

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