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Featured USA Nones now 26%, says Pew

Discussion in 'Science and Religion' started by blü 2, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. blü 2

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    This Pew Reseach Center report is titled "In US, Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace". I've added the emphases in the quote below.

    "The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

    Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51% in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009. Meanwhile, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population – a group also known as religious “nones” – have seen their numbers swell. Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “nothing in particular,” up from 12% in 2009. Members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population."​
     
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  2. Lyndon

    Lyndon "Peace is the answer" quote: GOD, 2014
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    How does it feel to be in a small minority?
     
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    Like chess grandmasters feel when compared with the rest.

    Ciao

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    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    I wonder when we'll break the "stained glass ceiling",
    & be acceptable as electable to public office?

    Some day...after we have a black President, a Jewish President,
    a Catholic President, a Mormon President, a female President,
    & a Muslim President, we might have a heathen President.
    All recent Presidents swear on a Bible, & add "so help me God".
    Is their loyalty to their religion before the laws of their country?
    One of ours could be sworn with hand on a blank book...or better
    yet, the Constitution.
     
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  5. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    I can see that won't be popular. :D
     
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    Not really any different than being in a large majority. But, as always, thank you for the profoundly brilliant insight into this topic.
     
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  7. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    I was in a small minority back in the day. Public
    school prayer was required, & I was the only one
    to not chant the words. I didn't know any other
    atheists in grade school. Later, the government
    wanted me go fly off to kill godless communists.

    Now, I like the thought that our minority has grown.
    We heathen secular humanists will some day
    conquer y'all. But we're magnanimous...we'll still
    let you worship your sky fairies. It just won't be
    tax subsidized or forced upon the unwilling.
    Booooowahahahhaahahahhahahahahahh, etc!
     
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  8. Regiomontanus

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    "atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009"

    And the margin of error of the survey was...?

     
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    +/- 5%?
     
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    Regiomontanus retired astronomer

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    Polls results, without that info (sample size, etc.) stated, I dismiss (though maybe it was given somewhere but I am not going to dig around for it).
     
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    Sample sizes are provided in the detailed tables.
     
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    Therefore?

    One might also note:

    During the 1997-98 year, the United States Bowling Congress reported 4.1 million members of the ABC, YABC and WIBC league bowling organizations. That membership declined by 36 percent to 2.6 million in the 2006-07 year. - source
     
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    It would seet thatbmore American people no longer fear any stigma admitting that they are not Christians.
    Believing in God is becoming much like believing in ghosts, spirits powers or magic.
     
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    It is the UK Census in March this year. At the last Census in 2011 non-believers came out at about 24.5%. As usual it is a badly worded question that favours you ticking one of the religious boxes, but it will be interesting to see how the figure moves.
    Non-Government polls put the numbers at about 50%
     
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    If so, that's unfortunate as it's symptomatic of theological and religious illiteracy. Which, frankly, has been an ongoing problem in a country that is devoid of coverage of the subjects in the public school system, so I suppose this wouldn't be at all surprising.

    Not sure why this thread is posted in "science and religion" subforum, though. This has nothing to do with that.
     
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    Like belonging to an exclusive club.
     
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    Just curious, does anyone know how the US compares internationally in terms of nones?
     
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    How so?

    Aren't "ghosts, spirits powers or magic" just the trappings of religions that have generally fallen out of fashion?
     
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  20. Twilight Hue

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    More people are waking up from the fantasy land of make believe.

    Its a good trend to see.
     
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