Pew report: Older U.S. Christians being quickly changed by young ‘nones’

Pew report: Older U.S. Christians being quickly changed by young ‘nones’

(RNS) — The United States is steadily becoming less Christian as well as the number of individuals without any faith is increasing.

Those are the headlines that are twin the newest Pew Research report released Thursday (Oct. 17), which ultimately shows a dramatic decline in US spiritual practices during the period of a decade.

The report, an aggregation of annual surveys that are political enquire about faith, shows fast alterations in generational attitudes toward faith.

“The price from which Christians are declining is extremely striking.”

It discovers that two-thirds (65%) of Us americans describe on their own as Christians, down from 77% during 2009. It demonstrates the quantity of People in america whom say they will have no faith — sometimes called nones — has risen up to 26per cent, up from 17per cent about ten years ago.

“The rate from which Christians are declining is quite striking,” said Greg Smith, connect manager of research at Pew. “And the share of Us citizens who possess no faith keeps growing really quickly, that is just like striking.”

Protestants now compensate fewer than half of most U.S. adults — or 43% (down from 51% about ten years ago) and Catholics make-up 20% ( straight straight down from 23% in ’09).

Those numbers are mirrored in attendance at religious services aswell. A few times a year or less (54%) than those who attend at least once a month (45%) for the first time, more Americans say they attend religious services. The analysis notes that while general church attendance is down, 62% of Christians say they attend services once an or more — about the same as a decade ago month.

“It’s quite shocking,” said Scott Thumma, a sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary. Continue lendo “Pew report: Older U.S. Christians being quickly changed by young ‘nones’”