New York Times on Christian Decline

The New York Times just came out with an article on the decline of Christianity in America according a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.  

More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion.

More than 16 percent of American adults say they are not part of any organized faith, which makes the unaffiliated the country’s fourth largest “religious group.”  1 of 5 adult men under 50 claim no affiliation.

The rise of the unaffiliated does not mean that Americans are becoming less religious, however. Contrary to assumptions that most of the unaffiliated are atheists or agnostics, most described their religion “as nothing in particular.”

Protestantism has been declining. In the 1970s, Protestants accounted for about two-thirds of the population. The Pew survey found they now make up about 51 percent.

Catholicism has been loosing the most affiliation, yet they make it up just as fast through via immigration, therefore holding at 25 percent of the nation’s population.

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2 responses to “New York Times on Christian Decline

  1. nelson disong

    why was the reason of this declination?

  2. There’s no one particular reason stated. In general, it’s a migration toward secularized society and post-Christian culture, much like what has taken place in Europe.

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