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.
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But, the percentage of folks who aren't religious at all is steadily growing.
In a follow up report released today, Pew Research Center reveals that the United States is becoming steadily less religious and more secular.
Wendy Thomas Russell
According to today's results from the Pew Research Center the number of Americans unaffiliated with religion continues to grow.
The recent Pew study on the growth of the "Spiritual But Not Religious" has roiled the church. But we really shouldn't be surprised.
Josh Packard describes a different trending phenomenon in his book Church Refugees—those who've decided they're better off without organized religion.
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.
In case you haven't noticed, evangelical Christians have missed the point of all this research about the changing religious landscape in America.
What researchers found was a clear picture not only of declining religious affiliation, but also of declining interest in religion altogether.
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.
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
A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground. Some will attempt to spin this as a victory for atheists.
The Pew Research Center recently published an intriguing new study about the future of world religions. How will religion change by 2050?
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.
Unsurprisingly, the most recent Pew study shows Christianity is still in decline. Christians are looking for reasons why.
I'm not sure who's getting more mileage out of the Pew report on church decline: the atheists or the evangelicals?
The Pew Religious Landscape Survey gave me a chance to run numbers on religious churn, retention, and conversions. Here are the highlights.
This week the Pew Research Center released an updated study, and the news isn't good...or is fantastic, depending on who you are.
Over the past week, we've seen a lot of Christian leaders try to spin the Pew Research Center's numbers into something positive.
The Pew report shows a decline in American Christians; this has both Christians and Atheists commenting on those leaving the Church.
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."
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.
Is Christianity fading in America? Are atheism and religious disaffiliation soaring? What does this mean for the future of American culture?