It’s a tale of two Worldnetdaily columns, each of them addressing the recent Pew report that shows a significant decline in Americans identifying as Christians and completely contradicting one another. First we have Jerry Newcombe, telling people not to buy that terrible survey:
Will the last true Christian in America please turn out the lights on the way out? A recent study on religion and America that has received much attention has been interpreted by some to indicate that Christianity is on its virtual deathbed.
But as the saying goes, “The good news is the bad news is wrong.”…
Dr. Byron Johnson, a great researcher who often works with Gallup on the subject of religion in America, cautions us on the interpretation of the data. The author of the book “More God, Less Crime,” Johnson teaches at Baylor and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.
I asked Dr. Johnson about the new study, especially about the rise of the “nones.” He said, “Don’t be fooled, Jerry. We have some of the world’s top religion scholars doing social science research. We publish books and scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals – the other side doesn’t do either.”
In a recent radio interview I did with him, Dr. Johnson made some fascinating remarks on the perceived decline of Christianity in America and the rise of the “nones.”…
For example, says Johnson: “In one of their recent studies, Pew found that 44 percent of Americans are not affiliated with the religious tradition/denomination in which they were raised. That finding was interpreted to mean that 44 percent of Americans had abandoned the faith. But this simply acknowledges that Americans shop around in a highly competitive religious economy – looking for the best product. It’s a sign of religion’s vitality, not a sign of leaving faith behind. ”
He added, “Much to the chagrin of most of the media, atheism has remained flat for over seven decades. Four percent of Americans fall into that category. It hasn’t changed. If atheism were on the rise, it would be such a phenomenal story. But instead, since it isn’t, they have to do what they can to make us believe that it is.”
But in the very next sentence, Johnson says, “You’d be blind not to know we have a secular society.” Not exactly a coherent position. But on the very same day, we have Joseph Farah touting that very same study as proof that America has “forgotten God.”
America has forgotten God, too.
It was just last week that a national poll showed just how quickly America is forgetting about and rejecting God today.
The Pew Foundation survey found a tremendous drop in the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians just since 2007 – from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent seven years later.
Where are those Christians going? Just where they went in the Soviet Union – to the embracing of atheism, agnosticism, vague spirituality and indifference.
Pick a horse and ride it, WND.