Wednesday, May 13, 2015

America's leap of Un-Faith .

The news reported that more and more Americans are leaving the ++ traditional churches (Christian). The Christian share of the U.S. population has been  declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the *** religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups.  and embracing no-faith can be ambiguous , a bit short sighted . There are reasons to why the "young , new millennial's" left .Almost every major branch of Christianity in the United States has lost a significant number of members, Pew found, mainly because millennials are leaving the fold. More than one-third of millennials now say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007.The alacrity of their exodus surprises even seasoned experts. (3)>  Every American has a religion story, which is why it’s a little strange to think of America as an increasingly secular nation. That would be one way to read the  (1)> Pew Research Center’s new Religious Landscape Study, a massive survey of more than 35,000 American adults. Over the last seven years, it found, the share of Americans who aren’t part of any religion has grown significantly, rising from 16 to nearly 23 percent of the population. A small portion of this group are atheists and agnostics—3 and 4 percent, respectively. More commonly, though, they are detached from organized religion altogether. When asked what religion they identify with, they answer simply: “Nothing in particular.” All in all, roughly one in ten Americans say religion is “not at all important” to them. The Decline is not new , its been going on since the 1960's , but the poll numbers don't tell the entire story .The collapse of American Christianity can't simply be laid at the feet of religious leaders, I personally  blame the  (2)> Politicians who have mixed religion using it in a bigoted way , Fewer Christians because the far right has hi-jacked Christian identity as well as the GOP, making it less attractive to be identified as "Christian" if that also means bigoted, as the far right has painted them. Many in that group have not acted religious nor right. Instead of being inclusive to minorities groups they have made known their bigotry loud and clear. The more in tune Americans become including the younger folks, many, see thru all the smoke and mirrors that all of this is nothing more than a divide and conquer by politicians to connect with religious zealot voters to gain money in the churches, votes and power. 

***See to discuss "religion" you're discussing numbers of religion, not numbers of adherents, because you're comparing ritual and belief. In the number of religions, monotheism is a tiny minority compared to the thousands of animist and polytheist faiths in history, many of which still exist. Small localized religion is the historic norm, not universal monotheism.(1)> The "seven" years of the Obama Administration you can say that Most Americans lost "faith" in the nations political system first . Most Bible Belt "rednecks" have lobbied Congress , but I am assuming that it's a backlash first of all .  The United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans – roughly seven-in-ten – continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.1 But the major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in an equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014.(2) >The politicians pretend that they care, pretend that they represent us, then they get into power and do...whatever suits their own personal goals. And we, the People, are stupid enough to still believe in the lie that this is not what is occurring around us, every day of the week.(3)> The Christian share of the population has been declining for decades, but the pace rivals or even exceeds that of the country’s most significant demographic trends, like the growing Hispanic population. It is not confined to the coasts, the cities, the young or the other liberal and more secular groups where one might expect it, either.+++ Americans embrace non traditional religions . What is the fastest growing religion in the United States?  If you said Christianity, you would be way off.  In fact, the most recent numbers show that Christianity is in a serious state of decline in America.  If you said Islam, you are much closer to a correct answer.  Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the United States.  But there is a faith that is growing even faster than Islam.  It is called Wicca, and it is currently growing at an astounding pace.The American Religious Identification Survey gives Wicca an average annual growth of 143% for the period 1990 to 2001 (from 8,000 to 134,000 – U.S. data / similar for Canada & Australia).  According to The Statesman Anne Elizabeth Wynn claims “The two most recent American Religious Identification Surveys declare Wicca, one form of paganism, as the fastest growing spiritual identification in America“. The "only" Christian faith that has show some "growth" ,  I am not being Bias here , but it's the Mormon Church . Why I don't know , but as the report says : A new survey shows that mainline Protestants, the religious group that has dominated America’s religious terrain for most of the country’s existence, and Catholics, the largest single denomination in the country, may be beginning to ceding size and influence to new religious groups. The 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Survey (RCMS), released on May 1, shows that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (in other words, Mormonism) reported 2 million new adherents and new congregations in 295 counties where no Mormons lived a decade ago, making Mormonism the fastest-growing religious group in the United States. Muslims came in second, with growth of 1 million adherents in 197 new counties. ( on average 15 million claim to be Mormons).

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