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Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« on: February 25, 2008, 04:45:21 PM »
(AP) -- The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds.

The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.

While much of the study confirms earlier findings -- mainline Protestant churches are in decline, non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing -- it also provides a deeper look behind those trends, and of smaller religious groups.

"The American religious economy is like a marketplace -- very dynamic, very competitive," said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum. "Everyone is losing, everyone is gaining. There are net winners and losers, but no one can stand still. Those groups that are losing significant numbers have to recoup them to stay vibrant."

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates the United States is 78 percent Christian and about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation, at 51 percent and slipping.

More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religion or no religion at all, the survey found. Factoring in moves from one stream or denomination of Protestantism to another, the number rises to 44 percent.

One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.

"In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one generation to the next would stay," said Penn State University sociologist Roger Finke, who consulted in the survey planning. "Right now, there is a dropping confidence in organized religion, especially in the traditional religious forms."

Lugo said the 44 percent figure is "a very conservative estimate," and more research is planned to determine the causes.

"It does seem in keeping with the high tolerance among Americans for change," Lugo said. "People move a lot, people change jobs a lot. It's a very fluid society."

The religious demographic benefiting the most from this religious churn is those who claim no religious affiliation. People moving into that category outnumber those moving out of it by a three-to-one margin.

The majority of the unaffiliated -- 12 percent of the overall population -- describe their religion as "nothing in particular," and about half of those say faith is at least somewhat important to them. Atheists or agnostics account for 4 percent of the total population.

The Roman Catholic Church has lost more members than any faith tradition because of affiliation swapping, the survey found. While nearly one in three Americans were raised Catholic, fewer than one in four say they're Catholic today. That means roughly 10 percent of all Americans are ex-Catholics.

The share of the population that identifies as Catholic, however, has remained fairly stable in recent decades thanks to an influx of immigrant Catholics, mostly from Latin America. Nearly half of all Catholics under 30 are Hispanic, the survey found.

On the Protestant side, changes in affiliation are swelling the ranks of nondenominational churches, while Baptist and Methodist traditions are showing net losses.

Many Americans have vague denominational ties at best. People who call themselves "just a Protestant," in fact, account for nearly 10 percent of all Protestants.

Although evangelical churches strive to win new Christian believers from the "unchurched," the survey found most converts to evangelical churches were raised Protestant.

Hindus claimed the highest retention of childhood members, at 84 percent. The group with the worst retention is one of the fastest growing -- Jehovah's Witnesses. Only 37 percent of those raised in the sect known for door-to-door proselytizing said they remain members.

Among other findings involving smaller religious groups, more than half of American Buddhists surveyed were white, and most Buddhists were converts.

More people in the survey pool identified themselves as Buddhist than Muslim, although both populations were small -- less than 1 percent of the total population. By contrast, Jews accounted for 1.7 percent of the overall population.

The self-identified Buddhists -- 0.7 percent of those surveyed -- illustrate a core challenge to estimating religious affiliation: What does affiliation mean?

It's unclear whether people who called themselves Buddhists did so because they practice yoga or meditation, for instance, or claim affiliation with a Buddhist institution.

The report does not project membership figures for religious groups, in part because the survey is not as authoritative as a census and didn't count children, Lugo said. The U.S. Census does not ask questions on religion.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/02/25/religion.survey.ap/index.html
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008, 05:28:13 PM »
I guess niggas live sheltered lives too, becuz, in ALL honesty I'm NOT a religious cat like that. I've haven't been to church in years, I'm a straight up heathen, but I NEVER, NEVER knew people didn't believe in God like this UNTIL I came thru on this message board. And I'm shook. Like, for real. I can't emphasize the fact on how I ain't religious like that but this board got me back into it, becuz, I never knew this. I never knew atheism, that's why I'm up in every thread lately about religion, becuz I'm shook, it's embarrassing I guess, but hey, I've learned. Shit is crazy. I'm really starting to get scared about this shit. Fuckkk, I swear on everythang, my prayers at night done switched to somethang awful, I'm sitting here thanking God for me believing in him, LMAO.


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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 08:06:00 AM »
LMAO @ being scared of atheists. Should we talk about the myriad reasons there are to be scared of christians?
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 08:41:09 AM »
LMAO @ being scared of atheists. Should we talk about the myriad reasons there are to be scared of christians?
word. I mean
I can't emphasize the fact on how I ain't religious like that but this board got me back into it, becuz, I never knew this. I never knew atheism, that's why I'm up in every thread lately about religion, becuz I'm shook, it's embarrassing I guess, but hey, I've learned. Shit is crazy. I'm really starting to get scared about this shit.
Why? Atheism and Agnosticism are not related to Satanism and the worship of evil, just in case you're mixing things up. Atheism is the strong belief that there is/are no god(s) and agnosticism is the general mindset of being doubtful of the existence of any supernatural power as implied by the word "God". Those are not terms for hideous criminals eating babies and raping infants.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2008, 10:45:37 AM »
LMAO @ being scared of atheists. Should we talk about the myriad reasons there are to be scared of christians?
word. I mean
I can't emphasize the fact on how I ain't religious like that but this board got me back into it, becuz, I never knew this. I never knew atheism, that's why I'm up in every thread lately about religion, becuz I'm shook, it's embarrassing I guess, but hey, I've learned. Shit is crazy. I'm really starting to get scared about this shit.
Why? Atheism and Agnosticism are not related to Satanism and the worship of evil, just in case you're mixing things up. Atheism is the strong belief that there is/are no god(s) and agnosticism is the general mindset of being doubtful of the existence of any supernatural power as implied by the word "God". Those are not terms for hideous criminals eating babies and raping infants.

LOL yea. Everybody knows atheists and agnostics are homosexual-marrying terrorist abortionist prostitute drug addicted devil worshiping family hating sexual deviant demon conjurers completely devoid of an morals.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008, 11:38:19 AM »
Not surprised.  This happened to lots of cats I know.  We all get tired of praying to a white man's Jesus.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008, 02:21:32 PM »
going off the gold standard, and becoming secular, a godless government,


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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2008, 02:29:02 PM »
Damn, now I'm just another statistics.

Religious people are creepy as fuck. I go to church every once in a while for laughs. Goofy muhfuckas.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 03:22:47 PM »
Damn, now I'm just another statistics.

Religious people are creepy as fuck. I go to church every once in a while for laughs. Goofy muhfuckas.

I wouldnt say all religious people, but those evangelical weirdos are pretty creepy.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008, 03:24:23 PM »
LMAO @ being scared of atheists. Should we talk about the myriad reasons there are to be scared of christians?
word. I mean
I can't emphasize the fact on how I ain't religious like that but this board got me back into it, becuz, I never knew this. I never knew atheism, that's why I'm up in every thread lately about religion, becuz I'm shook, it's embarrassing I guess, but hey, I've learned. Shit is crazy. I'm really starting to get scared about this shit.
Why? Atheism and Agnosticism are not related to Satanism and the worship of evil, just in case you're mixing things up. Atheism is the strong belief that there is/are no god(s) and agnosticism is the general mindset of being doubtful of the existence of any supernatural power as implied by the word "God". Those are not terms for hideous criminals eating babies and raping infants.

LOL yea. Everybody knows atheists and agnostics are homosexual-marrying terrorist abortionist prostitute drug addicted devil worshiping family hating sexual deviant demon conjurers completely devoid of an morals.

But look at the hate. I mean come on. All I said was they scare me, and niggas went into this shit. Which is why I feel the way I do..
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2008, 03:25:41 PM »
Damn, now I'm just another statistics.

Religious people are creepy as fuck. I go to church every once in a while for laughs. Goofy muhfuckas.

I wouldnt say all religious people, but those evangelical weirdos are pretty creepy.

And I hear that. Them fuckin' Jehovah Witness's too. And Born Again Christians.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2008, 03:27:31 PM »
Damn, now I'm just another statistics.

Religious people are creepy as fuck. I go to church every once in a while for laughs. Goofy muhfuckas.

I wouldnt say all religious people, but those evangelical weirdos are pretty creepy.
Yeah, I wasn't trying to generalize. I've grown up around a lot of cuckoo evangelicals and they're usually the most conflicted, corrupt people....go figure.
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2008, 03:53:07 PM »
LMAO @ being scared of atheists. Should we talk about the myriad reasons there are to be scared of christians?
word. I mean
I can't emphasize the fact on how I ain't religious like that but this board got me back into it, becuz, I never knew this. I never knew atheism, that's why I'm up in every thread lately about religion, becuz I'm shook, it's embarrassing I guess, but hey, I've learned. Shit is crazy. I'm really starting to get scared about this shit.
Why? Atheism and Agnosticism are not related to Satanism and the worship of evil, just in case you're mixing things up. Atheism is the strong belief that there is/are no god(s) and agnosticism is the general mindset of being doubtful of the existence of any supernatural power as implied by the word "God". Those are not terms for hideous criminals eating babies and raping infants.

LOL yea. Everybody knows atheists and agnostics are homosexual-marrying terrorist abortionist prostitute drug addicted devil worshiping family hating sexual deviant demon conjurers completely devoid of an morals.

But look at the hate. I mean come on. All I said was they scare me, and niggas went into this shit. Which is why I feel the way I do..

LOL are you serious? You are scared of atheists because I thought it was funny that you're scared of them?
 

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2008, 04:01:07 PM »
^ No nigga.

Look at the hate that came out chu about religion. Ain't no nobody religious showing hate towards ya'll, we just think ya'll crazy.

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Re: Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2008, 04:23:55 PM »
^ No nigga.

Look at the hate that came out chu about religion. Ain't no nobody religious showing hate towards ya'll, we just think ya'll crazy.
Religious people constantly condemn nonreligious/atheist people in order to boost their own self-esteems. Shit, they used to kill them just generations ago.