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-Religious Affiliation in America: Overall Christian Decline but Evangelicals Still Strong

by Dr. D ~ May 14th, 2015

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The latest comprehensive research from Pew on Religions in America shows Christianity in decline since 2007 ( –7.8%) with a dramatic rise in the unaffiliated (+ 22.8%). Nevertheless, Christians still account for 70.6% of the population with all other religions at only 5.9%. So Christianity is still the dominant religion in America.

Note; while Catholics and Mainline Protestants declined the most, while Evangelical Christians pretty much held their own with only a -.09% change which in reality is negligible and well within any ‘margin of error.’

Mainline protestants have been on decline for the last 30 years or so. So this is nothing new. In fact, as mainliners continue to water down their religious convictions and deny traditional Christian teaching the numbers leaving their flocks have increased dramatically while the more conservative Evangelical churches have continued to remain strong and actually added members to their communities. Since 2007, the number of Evangelicals has increased from 59.8 million to 62.2 million.

The biggest surprise is the decline of Catholics in America. With the increasing numbers of immigrants coming from Mexico and Latin America, I really did expect an increase instead. This leaves me to wonder if the poll adequately sampled the recent Spanish speaking  immigrants (legal and otherwise) who are largely Catholic in their religious affiliation?

Also, with all of the noise created by American Muslims in the last few years one would expect their numbers to have increased dramatically but that is not the case. Less than 1% (.09%) are actually adherents of Islam (See chart below).  To put that into perspective, there are still twice as many Jewish folks in America.

Obviously the main stream media is giving Muslim leaders and their community more attention than their numbers would normally justify. There are nearly as many Hindus and Buddhists in America but you rarely hear anything in the media about their concerns and issues. Meanwhile, a week does not go by without a Muslim somewhere in America demanding changes in the workplace and in the public square to accommodate their religion.

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