Pew report: Older U.S. Christians being quickly changed by young ‘nones’
(RNS) — The United States is steadily becoming less Christian together with amount of people without any faith is increasing.
Those will be 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 10 years.
The report, an aggregation of annual surveys that are political inquire about faith, shows fast alterations in generational attitudes toward faith.
“The price of which Christians are declining is quite striking.”
It discovers that two-thirds (65%) of People in america describe themselves as Christians, down from 77per cent in ’09. It reveals that the amount of Us citizens whom state they will have no faith — often called nones — has increased to 26per cent, up from 17percent about ten years ago.
“The price of which Christians are declining is quite striking,” said Greg Smith, connect director of research at Pew. “And the share of People in america that have no faith keeps growing very quickly, that will be just like striking.”
Protestants now make-up not even half of all of the U.S. adults — or 43% (down from 51per cent about ten years ago) and Catholics compensate 20% ( straight straight down from 23% last year).
Those numbers are mirrored in attendance at religious services too. 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 asian brides. The research 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 faith at Hartford Seminary.