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Changing Religion Patterns

October 9, 2012
Outside of the usual “Change” topics included on this site is one that  is considered by many to be equally or more important than climate, economics, resource depletion, etc.  To the contrary, however, a new report released  by the Pew Forum of Religion and Public Life finds that religion is trending  less important than it used to be.  Here are two analyses of the Pew survey  results.     

Report: US Protestants lose  majority status

Researchers have been struggling for decades  to find a definitive reason for the steady rise in those with no religion.’ The  spread of secularism in Western Europe was often viewed as a byproduct of  growing wealth in the region. Yet among industrialized nations, the United  States stood out for its deep religiosity in the face of increasing  wealth.

Survey: One in five Americans has no religion

By  Dan Merica

The fastest growing “religious” group in America  is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey showing  that one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.

The number of these Americans has grown by 25%  just in the past five years, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew  Forum on Religion and Public Life.


. . . these numbers are “part of a broader change in American  society.”

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