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    In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    These are among the key findings of a new analysis of trends in the religious composition and churchgoing habits of the American public, based on recent Pew Research Center random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling on the telephone. The data shows that the trend toward religious disaffiliation documented in the Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies, and before that in major national studies like the General Social Survey (GSS), has continued apace.

    Pew Research Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies were huge national RDD surveys, each of which included interviews with more than 35,000 respondents who were asked dozens of detailed questions about their religious identities, beliefs and practices. The Center has not yet conducted a third such study, and when the Landscape Study is repeated, it is likely to use new methods that may prevent it from being directly comparable to the previous studies; growing challenges to conducting national surveys by telephone have led the Center to rely increasingly on self-administered surveys conducted online







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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    OK, but isn't such diversity said to be a good, perhaps even wonderful, thing?

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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Sad.

    Obviously we don't need nor want religious extremism. But a little spirituality & introspection is good for one's soul.
    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

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    Christianity has historically united the country; it was the one thing that most Americans had in common, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or geographical differences. Now that the country seems to be abandoning Christianity in favor of vague spiritualism, other religions, or no religion, we're more fractured than ever.

    A similar trend has been taking place in the UK in the past several decades, and it's safe to say that they're dealing with the effects of being divided and fractured as well. Brexit would have been unimaginable only a few decades ago. The battle for the UK's future demonstrates a strong resistance to all the changes brought about by the mammoth bureaucracy that is the EU Commission. We can look forward to similar battles here in the states.

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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    OK, but isn't such diversity said to be a good, perhaps even wonderful, thing?

    I miss when tunes like these below were considered mainstream rock:





    (Below, check out Jeff Beck's reaction to what appears to be a surprise guest at 0:45 and again at 4:55!)


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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    I miss when tunes like these below were considered mainstream rock:





    (Below, check out Jeff Beck's reaction to what appears to be a surprise guest at 0:45 and again at 4:55!)


    Absolutely I do:

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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by truthatallcost View Post
    Christianity has historically united the country; it was the one thing that most Americans had in common, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or geographical differences. Now that the country seems to be abandoning Christianity in favor of vague spiritualism, other religions, or no religion, we're more fractured than ever.

    A similar trend has been taking place in the UK in the past several decades, and it's safe to say that they're dealing with the effects of being divided and fractured as well. Brexit would have been unimaginable only a few decades ago. The battle for the UK's future demonstrates a strong resistance to all the changes brought about by the mammoth bureaucracy that is the EU Commission. We can look forward to similar battles here in the states.
    Protestants used to vilify Catholics and they rioted against each other.

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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by truthatallcost View Post
    Christianity has historically united the country; it was the one thing that most Americans had in common, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or geographical differences. Now that the country seems to be abandoning Christianity in favor of vague spiritualism, other religions, or no religion, we're more fractured than ever.

    A similar trend has been taking place in the UK in the past several decades, and it's safe to say that they're dealing with the effects of being divided and fractured as well. Brexit would have been unimaginable only a few decades ago. The battle for the UK's future demonstrates a strong resistance to all the changes brought about by the mammoth bureaucracy that is the EU Commission. We can look forward to similar battles here in the states.
    There are so many different denominations of Christianity in the United States, and many of them have a history of hating each other. So I don't see that shared Christianity really unites people that effectively. It certainly doesn't unite Mormons with Episcopalians for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j brown's body View Post
    Protestants used to vilify Catholics and they rioted against each other.
    They also intermarried, worked alongside each other, and fought together in trenches. The divide between Catholics and Protestants isn't as deep or unwieldy as the divide between fundamental Muslims and virtually everyone else. It may have been the case in Ireland 40 years ago, but not in the USA.

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    Re: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    Quote Originally Posted by Marxistleninist View Post
    These are among the key findings of a new analysis of trends in the religious composition and churchgoing habits of the American public, based on recent Pew Research Center random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling on the telephone. The data shows that the trend toward religious disaffiliation documented in the Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies, and before that in major national studies like the General Social Survey (GSS), has continued apace.
    Indoctrination, Proselytizing and controlling speech are requirements for the maintenance of any Organized Religion. Without them you cannot get any significant number of rational adults to accept such preposterous notions and trust so whole heatedly in centralized magically chosen leadership based entirely on Faith.

    A lot of people may naturally gravitate towards a belief in some spiritual force or higher power that is influencing our lives and out of sheer fear of death convince themselves that there is an afterlife, but in terms of organized belief surrounding an individual or organization that is supposed to be in direct communication and have personal knowledge of the desires of the being no significant majority of people could be reasoned into the unreasonable.

    Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and the internet spell collective doom for major organized religion over time.
    Obstruction of Justice also applies to overt coercion of court or government officials via the means of threats or actual physical harm and also applying to deliberate sedition against a court official to undermine the appearance of legitimate authority.

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