‘Dire’ figures show Americans are increasingly rejecting God

‘Dire’ figures show Americans are increasingly rejecting God November 12, 2019

IN 1993, according research from the General Social Survey,  65 percent of Americans said they were, ‘without a doubt’  convinced of God’s existence. That figure dropped to 53 percent in 2018.

Illustration by California-based artist Shell Fisher, who has a ‘Holy Smoke’ series in the Freethinker’s weekly bulletin (see https://shell-fisher.wixsite.com/websites)

This, according to The Christian Post,  reflects a ‘dire’ state of affairs.

The main thrust of the CP report is a new study from Gallup says which indicates that, while almost 80 percent of Americans were “convinced” just over a decade ago that God exists, only 64 percent of Americans today are so strongly persuaded in their belief in God.

Gallup’s analysis comes on the heels of a new study from the Pew Research Center in October that says only 65 percent of Americans now identify as Christian.

The study showed significant growth among Americans who identify as religiously unaffiliated – a group which includes atheists, agnostics and people who don’t identify with any religion.

This group now represents 26 percent of the population. The drop in the number of Americans identifying as Christian reflected a 12 percent decline when compared to the general population 10 years ago.

The decline was visible across multiple demographics but particularly among young adults.

The report then turned to latest research from the General Social Survey. This, says CP:

Shows an even more dire state in the number of Americans who are convinced that God exists without a doubt.

In a recent report from the series “Leaving Christianity” by The Christian Post, it was pointed out that:

Millions of Americans who were once committed Christians have continued to increasingly disengage with their religion in recent decades, and churches have been struggling with the culture shift in which there are no absolute answers.

Image via RyanBurge.net

Ryan Burge, above, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University and pastor of First Baptist Church of Mt Vernon, Illinois, also noted in another recent report published by the Barna Group, that younger generations raised in the church are also no longer typically returning to church when compared with members of the “Baby boomer” generation born between 1945 and 1964. He said:

Many pastors are standing at the pulpit on Sunday morning and seeing fewer and fewer of their former youth group members returning to the pews when they move into their late-20s and early-30s. No church should assume that this crucial part of the population is going to return to active membership as their parents once did.

The data is speaking a clear message: the assumptions that undergirded church growth from two decades ago no longer apply. If churches are sitting back and just waiting for all their young people to flood back in as they move into their 30s, they are likely in for a rude awakening. Inaction now could be creating a church that does not have a strong future.


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  • WallofSleep

    “This, according to The Christian Post, reflects a ‘dire’ state of affairs.”

    https://media3.giphy.com/media/3o7abA4a0QCXtSxGN2/giphy.gif?cid=790b761103d1ad481dc398460c3396b71e83ccb901226837&rid=giphy.gif

  • Broga

    2000 years is long enough. They have had their chance and the result has been a disaster for humanity, the environment and the planet. How much longer do they want?

  • Jim Jones

    > seeing fewer and fewer of their former youth group members returning to the pews

    They used to return so their kids got a “moral upbringing”. Now they know they could get anyone to molest them – no need to dress up.

  • Michael Neville

    Considering that many Christian churches have become known for who they hate and how hard the hatred is, it’s not surprising they’re losing members.

  • Robert McLean

    Are they suggesting that this, is a problem?

  • whheydt

    I fail to see a “problem” here… Would that the change accelerates.

  • Har Davids

    As the older people generally are more religious, a harsh winter or hot summer might see a significant spike.

  • Anri

    So do the theists think this is part of god’s plan, or do they think that god’s plan is failing?

  • Lurker111

    Well, THAT burned …

  • barriejohn

    We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil one. (I John 5:19 Weymouth)

    They always have an answer!

  • barriejohn

    As I have been told umpteen times (since the 1950s): The days are getting darker; the world’s getting worse and worse; evil is on the increase; “It’s just as he said it would be”; judgment cannot be far away; “His coming must be very near”!

  • Raging Bee

    And earlier generations were told the same thing umpteen-times-squared ever since the time of Christ.

    Predictions of the end of the world have a failure rate of 100%.

  • Raging Bee

    Yes. And No. (Subject to change without notice.) What was the question?

  • Patrick Smythe

    What’s happening is that the USA is finally catching up to the rest of the civilised world. Currently the extreme religiosity of the US population is an anomaly in world terms. This is just a correction.

  • Questioner

    That is just the cult way of saying people are not giving as much money to religion prejudice and progress is being made toward a less sick world. Anything that takes money away from the clergy is evil, dark, judgement. The “coming” means according to the bible, Jesus the infinite torturer devil mass murderer devil, is coming to mass murder billions and infinitely torture billions. That is the christian idea of love and morality.

  • Questioner

    Not knowing that God is a made up fictional character is like not knowing that superman is a made up fictional character. All Gods and Devils are just pretend.
    In the beginning something came from nothing. Everything comes from God. Therefore, God is nothing.

  • Questioner

    The bible God, an infinite torturer devil mass murderer devil, is the evil one. He infinitely tortures and mass murders his own children, which the christian perfect loving example and perfect moral example. Since he created everything, he created 12,000 disease for his own children and has therefore been mass torturing billions throughout history and mass murdering billions throughout history.
    The catch is that their answers are never true.

  • Anri

    …it doesn’t really matter what the question was, does it?

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Dude, that’s apparently been the whine of the fading generation for millennia now.

    Can’t YOUR KIND get some new material?

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    So your supposed ‘god’ is such a horrible parent / fiduciary that it’ll let damage run rampant over a petty snit?

    That doesn’t make your ‘god’ look good.

  • barriejohn

    Not mine!

  • barriejohn

    Their answer to that one would be “The Fall”, and if you ask why an omniscient, omnipotent god allowed that then the answer is “Free Will”, and you just end up going round in circles.

  • barriejohn
  • Questioner

    Free will requires the self to cause the self, which is a contradiction. Omniscient and omnipotent are each self contradictory and contradict free will. Free will, omniscience, and omnipotence cannot exist. The fall is about infinite torture for disobeying the infinite torturer devil mass murderer devil bible god and just goes to prove his infinite immorality, infinite hate, and infinite evilness. So there is no going around in circles if you are informed about philosophy.

  • abb3w

    Whether a state is a “problem” or a “solution” seems to tend to depend on basis for preferences.

  • abb3w

    Parts of it. The GSS data suggests considerable heterogeneity between census regions, among other geographic divides.

  • Matt G

    Great – we can expect even more aggressive tactics from Christians. And if history is any guide, a lot of it will be unconstitutional.

  • barriejohn

    Pity you didn’t make a note of the basics of the theory so that we could have a go!

    I can tell you from experience that nothing shakes their confidence. This is very much because they are part of a closed group that continually parrots the same line, and that reinforces members’ beliefs. Once you step outside the group (mentally at first) you see them in a completely different light, and find yourself saying: “How could I ever have swallowed all that?”

  • Stephen Mynett

    “you see them in a completely different light, and find yourself saying: “How could I ever have swallowed all that?””

    An often used quote but also quite true: “The more you pay for a painting the less likely you are to believe it is a forgery.”

    How many people are willing to admit to having been a complete bampot.

  • barriejohn

    That’s it exactly!