HIGHER POWERS TAKE A BEATING …
|| By FITSNEWS || The United States is still an overwhelmingly “Christian” nation, although it is becoming decidedly less so … and fast.
In the last seven years alone, the share of the U.S. adult population identifying as Christian has fallen from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent – according to new data from the Pew Research Center. At the same time, the percentage of those not identifying with any religion jumped from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent.
“These changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups,” the researchers noted.
Within the broader decline in Christianity are specific drop-offs among those who identify as protestants (from 51.3 percent to 46.5 percent) and Catholics (from 23.9 percent to 20.8 percent). And within the specific decline in protestants, evangelicals saw their percentage of the adult population dip modestly from 26.3 percent to 25.4 percent while “mainline” protestants – which include many of the more liberal Christian denominations – saw their ranks plummet from 18.1 to 14.7 percent.
Evangelical protestants actually expanded their numbers by two million worshippers – while mainline denominations lost an estimated five million worshippers.
“The drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics,” the researchers noted.
Also of interest? Those who identified as adherents to the Jewish faith saw an uptick (from 1.7 to 1.9 percent), as did Muslims (0.5 to 0.9 percent) and Hindus (0.4 to 0.7) percent. Buddhists hung tight at 0.7 percent.
Interesting stuff …
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For those of you keeping score at home, the Pew Center’s study – which followed up on its 2007 report – surveyed 35,071 American adults using both cellphones and landlines between June 4 and Sept. 30, 2014. Its margin of error is plus or minus 0.6 percent.