AMERICANS IDENTIFYING AS CHRISTIAN AT ALL-TIME LOW, SECULARISM AT ALL-TIME HIGH

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Assessment: “If the unaffiliated were a religion, they’d be the largest religious group in the United States …

A new survey by the Pew Research Institute concluded that the religiously unaffiliated share of the US public is 6 percentage points higher than it was five years ago and 10 points higher than a decade ago, indicating that the US trend towards secularization is continuing at a fast pace.

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [a]sin is revealed, the son of perdition” 2 Thess. 2:3 

The survey showed that people who self-identified as Christians (including Protestants, Catholics, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Orthodox Christians) make up 63% of the adult population. Though this is an absolute majority, it has dropped twelve points in the last decade.

29% of Americans identified as “nones” ( people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, or “nothing in particular”). Though affiliated Christians currently outnumber “nones” by more than three-to-one, in 20017, when Pew first began to ask this question, this ratio stood at almost five-to-one (78% vs. 16%).

“If the unaffiliated were a religion, they’d be the largest religious group in the United States Elizabeth Drescher, an adjunct professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, told The Associated Press.

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