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Religion in America
Contextualizing the Trends in Faith

Recent Pew Research reports point to a dramatic shift in the U.S. religious landscape. Christians are declining sharply within the population (especially among young adults) while the religiously unaffiliated and members of other faiths continue to grow. What direction should churches take to gain ground? What does this mean for the future of religion in our nation as a whole?

Here Patheos writers explore the current climate of religion and faith in the United States, addressing trends, providing context, and evaluating the repercussions of a shifting religious landscape.


Most Recent Posts

Pew Survey: Religious Folks Are As Religious As Ever

Pew Survey: Religious Folks Are As Religious As Ever

Kate O'Hare

But, the percentage of folks who aren't religious at all is steadily growing.

US Steadily Becomes More Secular

US Steadily Becomes More Secular

Ryan Bell

In a follow up report released today, Pew Research Center reveals that the United States is becoming steadily less religious and more secular.

'Nones' Make Up Largest Religious Group Among Democrats

'Nones' Make Up Largest Religious Group Among Democrats

Wendy Thomas Russell

According to today's results from the Pew Research Center the number of Americans unaffiliated with religion continues to grow.

6 Things People Need to Hear From Churches

6 Things People Need to Hear From Churches

Frederick Schmidt

The recent Pew study on the growth of the "Spiritual But Not Religious" has roiled the church. But we really shouldn't be surprised.

A New Exodus Out of the American Church

A New Exodus Out of the American Church

Jeff Cook

Josh Packard describes a different trending phenomenon in his book Church Refugees—those who've decided they're better off without organized religion.

How to REALLY understand the #PewReport

How to REALLY understand the #PewReport

John Hawthorne

As we get a better handle on the beliefs and behaviors of real people, we'll have a better sense of how faith works in this postmodern, complex, society.

All Christians Are

All Christians Are "Cultural Christians"

Neil Carter

In case you haven't noticed, evangelical Christians have missed the point of all this research about the changing religious landscape in America.

The Statistics Are Clear

The Statistics Are Clear

Epiphenom

What researchers found was a clear picture not only of declining religious affiliation, but also of declining interest in religion altogether.

A Millennial Weighs in on Pew Study

A Millennial Weighs in on Pew Study

Alicia de los Reyes

We, the Millennial nones, have the freedom to choose our own religion; unlike our parents, we are not expected to go to church on Sundays. So we choose not to.

What Kind of

What Kind of "None" Are You?

Wendy Thomas Russell

So what is a None exactly? The following is a list of the most common labels that fall in the catchall category.

Understanding Religion in America

Losing My Religion

Losing My Religion

Dr. Greg

A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground. Some will attempt to spin this as a victory for atheists.

Pew Study: Christianity Moves to Africa

Pew Study: Christianity Moves to Africa

Bob Seidensticker

The Pew Research Center recently published an intriguing new study about the future of world religions. How will religion change by 2050?

More Commentary

How Seriously Should We Take the

How Seriously Should We Take the "Nones?"

Roger E. Olson

According to a recent Pew-funded study of American religion, the number of Americans who claim to have no religious affiliation is growing.

The Real Reason for Christianity's Decline

The Real Reason for Christianity's Decline

Christian Piatt

Unsurprisingly, the most recent Pew study shows Christianity is still in decline. Christians are looking for reasons why.

Real Evangelicals Don't Gloat About Church Decline

Real Evangelicals Don't Gloat About Church Decline

Morgan Guyton

I'm not sure who's getting more mileage out of the Pew report on church decline: the atheists or the evangelicals?

Running the Numbers on Conversion

Running the Numbers on Conversion

Leah Libresco

The Pew Religious Landscape Survey gave me a chance to run numbers on religious churn, retention, and conversions. Here are the highlights.

Those Leaving Faith Aren't True Christians?

Those Leaving Faith Aren't True Christians?

Neil Carter

This week the Pew Research Center released an updated study, and the news isn't good...or is fantastic, depending on who you are.

Spinning the Death of Christianity

Spinning the Death of Christianity

Hemant Mehta

Over the past week, we've seen a lot of Christian leaders try to spin the Pew Research Center's numbers into something positive.

A Bigger Problem Than Hypocrisy

A Bigger Problem Than Hypocrisy

Mark Sandlin

The Pew report shows a decline in American Christians; this has both Christians and Atheists commenting on those leaving the Church.

A Positive Look at the

A Positive Look at the "Nones" Leaving

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

While many people look at the statistics and see a bleak future, perhaps there is a silver lining in this growing number of so-called "nones."

God's Reaction to the Pew Study

God's Reaction to the Pew Study

Elizabeth Scalia

Many of us had the wind knocked out of us by the grim figures of Pew's new Study, but nothing that it found was entirely unpredictable.

The Fall and Rise of American Christianity

The Fall and Rise of American Christianity

Samuel James

Is Christianity fading in America? Are atheism and religious disaffiliation soaring? What does this mean for the future of American culture?