According to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, American’s are becoming less religious.
- Three out of four Americans call themselves Christian.
- The Survey finds percentage of of Americans identifying themselves as Christian has fallen over two decades. In 1990, the figure was closer to nine out of 10 — 86 percent.
- America is a less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago.
- Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether,
- there has been an increase in the number of people expressing no religious affiliation.
- The survey found that “born-again” or “evangelical” Christianity is on the rise.One in three Americans consider themselves evangelical,
- The percentage who belong to “mainline” congregations such as the Episcopal or Lutheran churches has fallen.
- The number of people associated with mega-churches has gone from less than 200,000 in 1990 to more than 8 million.
- One in five Americans said they have no religious identity or did not answer the question,
- More than one in four said they do not expect to have a religious funeral.
- The percentage of Catholics in the United States has remained steady at about one in four since 1990, while the percentage of other Christians has plummeted from 60 percent to 50 percent.
- The percentage of Muslims has doubled since 1990, but remains statistically very small, only 0.3 percent in the original survey and 0.6 percent today.
- Mormons have remained steady as a percentage of the population, even as the number of people in the United States has grown. They make up 1.4 percent of the population.
- The number of Jews in the United States is falling if the category includes only those who define themselves as Jews religiously, but has remained the same if the category includes people who consider themselves ethnically Jewish.
“In an earlier time, people who would have been content to say, ‘Well, I’m some kind of a Protestant,’ now say ‘Hell no, I won’t go,'” the revelation that some Catholic priests had sexually abused children — and senior figures in the church hierarchy had helped to hide it — had driven some Catholics away from religion.
Other findings from the survey;
- Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990.
- Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent.
- The numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state.
- In the Northeast, self-identified Catholics made up 36 percent of adults last year, down from 43 percent in 1990.
- Catholics grew to about one-third of the adult population in California and Texas, and one-quarter of Floridians, largely due to Latino immigration, according to the research.
- Nationally, Catholics remain the largest religious group, with 57 million people saying they belong to the church.
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