In the early 1990s, the historical tether between American identity and faith suddenly snapped. explains what happened
For the past century, Americans prayed far more than every other large rich country. But in 1990, religious non-affiliation in the U.S. took a sudden turn, which has re-shaped American politics, marriage, and identity. I wrote about what happened.
“According to Christian Smith, a sociology &religion professor at Univ of Notre Dame, America’s nonreligious lurch has mostly been the result of 3 historical events: the association of the Rep Party w/the Christian right, the end of the Cold War, & 9/11.”
“Religion has lost its halo effect in the past three decades, not because science drove God from the public square, but rather because politics did.”
"By the early 2000s, the share of Americans who said they didn’t associate with any established religion had doubled. By the 2010s, this grab bag of atheists, agnostics, and spiritual dabblers had tripled in size." Why?
Oddly ethnocentric take on the rise of the Religious Nones who in the Western context first emerged in Europe, not the US, decades ago...
Sex, Politics & Family have a lot to do with the great story tells here
"In a twist of fate, the Christian right entered politics to save religion, only to make the Christian-Republican nexus unacceptable to millions of young people—thus accelerating the country’s turn against religion."
“Those who largely reject [religion’s] package deal often find themselves shopping à la carte for meaning, community, & routine, to fill a faith-shaped void. Their politics is a religion. Their work is a religion. Their spin class is a church...” ⁦
"Millions of Americans have abandoned religion, only to re-create it everywhere they look."
"American politics is at risk of becoming a war of religiosity versus secularism by proxy, where both sides see the other as a catastrophic political force that must be destroyed at all costs."
Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?
How America Lost Its Religion - The Atlantic
An good summary by about where we’ve been, where we are, and some good questions about where we might be headed regarding religion, politics and the social space in the US.
A good summary of the transformation of American religious and political landscape. Christianity and atheism are never just about theism.
Phrased more accurately: #Religion for most Americans is a hobby (a harmful one at that) and more and more people are finding better hobbies. #Atheist #GoodWithoutgod #PutAwayTheseChildishThings
.: The "#nones" (or religiously unaffiliated) in the USA tripled in number over the past 30 years. muses on this gigantic shift & despite being a none himself, is none too happy about its implications. The same goes for me too. Scary
In the early 1990s, the historical tether between American identity and faith suddenly snapped. explains what happened
"Religion has lost its halo effect in the past three decades, not because science drove God from the public square, but rather because politics did."
"The rise of the nones shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the religious identity that seems to be doing the best job at both retaining old members and attracting new ones is the newfangled American religion of Nothing Much at All."