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According to recent market analysis and report by the Pew
Research Center organization, the US is becoming less Christian.
Does this mean that as a nation, is the US is losing faith in Christ?
Although Christianity is not a newcomer religion to the nation the
US is becoming less Christian!
It is clear that the Christian-Judeo principles are the ones upon
which the nation was founded by America’s founding fathers,
individuals of great character including among others, names such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander
Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin and many more all of them Christians. It is true that not all founding fathers professed an active Christianity, however,
the ones listed above were passionate about their faith.
For a long time, the global image of the United States was publicly accepted to be a Christian nation. Now, it seems that an important social change
began to take place around the second half of last century; the nation demographics and ethnicity began experiencing a metamorphosis with profound
consequences. In a recent report from the nonpartisan organization Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has concluded the following:
“The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation. White Christians, once the dominant religious group in the U.S., now
account for fewer than half of all adults living in the country.”
A conclusion of the study proposes that “white Christians were now a minority in the US population.”
According to the Pew Research Center, “The proportion of US adults who describe themselves as Christian has fallen to two-thirds, a drop of 12
percentage points over the past decade.”
During the same length of time, the number of folks describing themselves as atheist, agnostics or “nothing in particular” has increased by 17% points to
more than a quarter of the adult population.
There are at least two central questions one need to ask:
One – Does this mean that white Christian adults were (or are) the only group representative of Christianity in the nation?
Two – Other Christian ethnicities such as black Americans, Hispanics and Latinos do not add a significant weight to the general Christian population in the
Other conclusions from the new analysis include:
The data suggests that Christians are declining not just as a share of the U.S. adult population, but also in absolute numbers. In 2009, there were
approximately 233 million adults in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. Pew Research Center’s RDD surveys conducted at the time indicated that
77% of them were Christian, which means that by this measure, there were approximately 178 million Christian adults in the U.S. in 2009. Taking the
margin of error of the surveys into account, the number of adult Christians in the U.S. as of 2009 could have been as low as 176 million or as high as 181
Today, there are roughly 23 million more adults in the U.S. than there were in 2009 (256 million as of July 1, 2019, according to the Census Bureau). About
two-thirds of them (65%) identify as Christians, according to 2018 and 2019 Pew Research Center RDD estimates. This means that there are now roughly
167 million Christian adults in the U.S. (with a lower bound of 164 million and an upper bound of 169 million, given the survey’s margin of error).
Meanwhile, the number of religiously unaffiliated adults in the U.S. grew by almost 30 million over this period.
At the end, this phenomenon may continue in the same trend and with similar statistical extrapolation for several reasons. The most common of the
reasons why people are leaving Christianity are:
Bad experience at church,
Disillusion due to the conduct of clergy,
False teaching and distortion of Scripture,
Corruption, dishonesty from so called Christians.
However, the following questions may be at the core of the national interest.
What impact would this new society, free from Christianity have to the nation?
What is the future of religion in the U.S?
Will Christianity eventually become a forbidden religion? or,
Will Christians be persecuted and incarcerated because their faith in Christ in a future not too far from today?
November 24 2019
U.S. Becoming Less Christian
Is the U.S. Losing Faith In Christ?
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