American Idolatry - The Rise of Atheist Churches?


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"Scientific American reported in 2017 that “since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent.” The magazine predicted that “by 2020, there will be more of these ‘nones’ than Catholics, and by 2035, they will outnumber Protestants.”

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Well, maybe or maybe not. There is a lot going on to counter the conclusion that atheism soon will be America’s dominant “faith.”

A 2020 Pew Forum survey supports the rise of the “nones.” Twenty-six percent of Americans identify with no denomination. That’s higher than the Catholic Church, the single largest denomination. But it’s still dwarfed by the more than 65 percent claiming a Christian affiliation, albeit a drop of 12 percentage points from 10 years ago.

Currently, 43 percent of adults identify with Protestantism (down from 51 percent in 2009); 20 percent with Catholicism (down from 23% in 2009)."Mr. Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, explained that “if the mainline Protestant expression isn’t different enough from mainstream culture, people turn to other answers.”

from the article: Is America really going atheist? Rise of the ‘nones’ masks growth of healthy churches

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