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Religious Affiliation

The number of people who claim no religion is increasing, but that doesn’t mean we’re seeing more atheists and agnostics. Rather, many of these folks, called Nones, reject religious affiliation while still believing in God. […] Read More

If you heed the headlines, US Christianity is in free fall with Protestants and Catholics losing population. And while folks claiming no religion, called Nones, are growing, many of them do believe without belonging to a church. […] Read More

Over the past decade, the percentage of U.S. adults who identify as Christian has declined almost every year, moving from 77% affiliation in 2009 to 65% in 2018-19. However, the news for religion in the U.S. isn’t all bad. […] Read More

Fewer people in the U.S. have a religious affiliation or are members of a faith community, a Gallup poll found. Over the last 20 years, involvement in a church, mosque or synagogue has declined 20%. […] Read More

Seeking to cut across religious lines, a new Pew Research Center report placed people into seven broad groups of religious beliefs and behaviors. So where do you fall on the range? […] Read More

Atheism is most common among Generation Z, while Christian affiliation is most common among Boomers and Elders, according to a Barna Group report released on Jan. 24. Thirteen percent of respondents in Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) said they are atheists. By comparison, 7 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 6 percent of […] Read More

Intense religious expressions in the U.S. remain stable, while moderate expressions are in decline, according to sociologists Landon Schnabel of Indiana University Bloomington and Sean Bock of Harvard University. Their report, “The Persistent and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion: A Response to Recent Research,” published on Nov. 27, seeks to counter a widely held secularization […] Read More

The percent of white Christians has dropped from 81 percent of the U.S. population (1976) to 43 percent (2016), while the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 7 percent to 24 percent over the same period. These were two key trends revealed in a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) report released on Sept. 6. “Much of […] Read More

A gender gap is evident in religious engagement around the world and particularly in the United States. Analyzing data from six faith traditions – Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated – Pew Research Center found “that globally, women are more devout than men by several standard measures of religious commitment.” This conclusion […] Read More

Hispanic Americans’ religious affiliation is changing. Though Hispanics are still predominantly Catholic, 24 percent have now converted from Catholicism, according to a new Pew Research report. While Pew noted a shift in religious affiliation over the past decade, the past four years has seen swift, significant changes. In 2013, Pew found 55 percent of U.S. […] Read More