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    Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds - USATODAY.com

    Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.

    The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers or falling off the faith map completely.

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    Among the key findings in the 2008 survey:

    So many Americans claim no religion at all (15%, up from 8% in 1990), that this category now outranks every other major U.S. religious group except Catholics and Baptists. In a nation that has long been mostly Christian, "the challenge to Christianity does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion," the report concludes.

    Catholic strongholds in New England and the Midwest have faded as immigrants, retirees and young job-seekers have moved to the Sun Belt. While bishops from the Midwest to Massachusetts close down or consolidate historic parishes, those in the South are scrambling to serve increasing numbers of worshipers.

    Baptists, 15.8% of those surveyed, are down from 19.3% in 1990. Mainline Protestant denominations, once socially dominant, have seen sharp declines: The percentage of Methodists, for example, dropped from 8% to 5%.

    The percentage of those who choose a generic label, calling themselves simply Christian, Protestant, non-denominational, evangelical or "born again," was 14.2%, about the same as in 1990.

    Jewish numbers showed a steady decline, from 1.8% in 1990 to 1.2% today. The percentage of Muslims, while still slim, has doubled, from 0.3% to 0.6%. Analysts within both groups suggest those numbers understate the groups' populations.
    `Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.

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    Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Lol, maybe in the future it'll mirror Europe.

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Lol, maybe in the future scourge99 will realize that constantly bashing religion makes him look bitter and insecure.

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Any theories on why the numbers are less?

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Any theories on why the numbers are less?
    You'll find that the more educated a nation is the less religious it becomes. The USA is an anomoly though. Maybe it is the poor state of your public schools and only a fraction of the population gets to go to your great standard of Universities.

    But it is great to see non-religious people are growing in the US. Gives me hope for the future.
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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by GarzaUK View Post
    You'll find that the more educated a nation is the less religious it becomes. The USA is an anomoly though. Maybe it is the poor state of your public schools and only a fraction of the population gets to go to your great standard of Universities.

    But it is great to see non-religious people are growing in the US. Gives me hope for the future.
    I would be interested to see the demographics on religion among educated people only... such as those with an undergraduate degree or higher. I'm not calling on you for evidence because I believe you and know this to be true. Just saying.

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I would be interested to see the demographics on religion among educated people only... such as those with an undergraduate degree or higher. I'm not calling on you for evidence because I believe you and know this to be true. Just saying.
    There is stats, I can't remember where on the net that shows that the more educated you are the less likely you are to be religious or at least hold weak religious views. There of course always exceptions.
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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by emdash View Post
    Lol, maybe in the future scourge99 will realize that constantly bashing religion makes him look bitter and insecure.
    Attacking me will not invalidate the integrity of the statistics presented. Your frustration and defensiveness concerning the matter is perhaps understandable but entirely misdirected.
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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Lol, maybe in the future it'll mirror Europe.
    Don't tease me. I can only hope...

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    Re: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds - USATODAY.com



    `Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.

    This doesn't prove that there are less Christians, only that less of them go to church.

    Revelations 3:14: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
    15: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
    16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
    17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
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