Pretty momentous finding deep in this big Pew report: Millennials appear to have become the first generation (in U.S. history, no doubt) to be majority non-Christian.
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
Atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious now make up 26% of the U.S. population!
New analysis: In U.S., decline of Christianity continues at rapid pace. Share of self-described Christians among US adults: 2009: 77% 2018/2019: 65% Share of religious “nones” among US adults: 2009: 17% 2018/2019: 26%
The share of White Democrats who say they have no religion has almost doubled in 10 years to 42%! Just 29 pc attend regularly.
NEW from : Catholics no longer make up a majority of US Latino adults
NEW: The trends are now clear – the U.S. is steadily becoming less Christian and less religiously observant. (THREAD 1/7)
Share in each generation who identify as Christian: Silent: 84% Baby Boomers: 76% Generation X: 67% Millennials: 49%
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
Note, however, big differences between Democrats of different races/ethnicities. E.g., 74% of Black Democrats describe selves as Christians, and 61% say they attend religious services regularly. Among white Democrats, comparable figures are 47% and 29%.
Stunning changes: 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians down 12 percentage points over the past decade.
Share in each generation who say they attend church monthly or more: Silent: 61% Baby Boomers: 49% Generation X: 46% Millennials: 35%
40% of Millennials are non-religious. FORTY PERCENT! This is era-defining stuff. The question is no longer "how do we bring them back" but has to be "what do we build together now?"
12% decline in American Christians from a decade ago 84% of those born before 1945 are Christian vs 49% of millennials 9% rise in atheism & agnosticism
There is not a Christian majority among Millennials in the U.S.: 49% are Christian 9% belong to non-Christian faiths 40% have no religious affiliation Most Millennials (64%) attend religious services infrequently or never
Among U.S. Hispanics, Catholics no longer constitute a majority:
This is why the evangelicals are in a race to lock in theocratic power. Ultimately, they will lose. In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the last decade.
Christians are declining and "nones" are rising in America among men and women, across racial/ethnic groups, and across geographic regions. The trend also crosses partisan lines, although it is more pronounced among Democrats than Republicans:
Share of Democrats who describe selves as Christians falls to 55%, down from 72% a decade ago. And today, just 38% of Democrats say they attend religious services at least monthly. Trends among Republicans moving in same direction, but not as quickly.
Share in each generation who say they attend church monthly or more: Silent: 61% Baby Boomers: 49% Generation X: 46% Millennials: 35%
Wow - 40% of Millennials are religiously unaffiliated, more than twice the share of Boomers and four times the share of Silents. Important new survey from
Today, there is a wide gap between older Americans (Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation) and Millennials in their levels of religious affiliation.
% of Americans who identify as Christian: Silent Generation 84% Baby Boomers 76% Gen X 67% Millennials 49%
Share in each generation who identify as Christian: Silent: 84% Baby Boomers: 76% Generation X: 67% Millennials: 49%
"Religious 'nones' have grown across multiple demographic groups: white people, black people and Hispanics; men and women; in all regions of the country; and among college graduates and those with lower levels of educational attainment," notes
If Amy Coney Barrett were appointed to #SCOTUS, we would have a Court in which 7 of 9 Justices were raised Catholic. Per Pew, about 21% of the US population is Catholic, while 26% are "religiously unaffiliated." Sources:
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
In the U.S., women are still more religious than men, but both women and men are becoming less religious over time:
Religious "nones" now make up 34% of Democrats and those who lean toward the Democratic Party, up from 20% 10 years ago:
As an atheist I used to think this is unequivocally a good thing, but I’m not so sure anymore. Religion provides a deep sense of community, and having it disappear *without a meaningful substitute* wouldn’t be good.
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip.
Today released its once-per-decade report, surveying 168K Americans about their religious faith & practice (). And: 1. Since 2009, belief among Christians has fallen by 12 points—from 77 percent of the US population, to 65 percent.
“In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace”
A decade's worth of our telephone polls have found that the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian is declining at a rapid pace:
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
Among the Silent Generation (born 1928-45), the ratio identifying as Christian vs. unaffiliated is 8.4-to-1 (84% vs. 10%). Among Millennials (born 1981-96), the ratio is 1.2-to-1 (49% vs. 40%). "In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace"
Stunning chart (and paragraph) about the twin changes shaping America's religious landscape: In a nutshell, fewer Christians and more unaffiliated people. Much more in this week's report:
The US religious landscape continues to change at a rapid pace: "the religiously unaffiliated share of the [US] population [...] now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009."
In the last decade, the percentage of Americans identifying as Christian declined from 77% to 65%. The percentage identifying as atheist, agnostic, or "nothing in particular" rose from 17% to 26%.
Thinking of that Pew study showing a very fast decline of Christianity in the US, mirroring declines in other countries. So I'm curious, if you used to be a Christian and left, why? Trying to get a qualitative picture. Thanks for any insights!
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
October 2019: In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace Do you think this trend will continue? I do.
In short, there is now a smaller pool of people (white Protestants) from which white evangelical Protestants are drawn. But among those in the pool, the % who are born-again or evangelical Christians is no smaller today than a decade ago. 11/11
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
The Falwell Jr. incident is amusing but the overarching story is the rapid decline of religion in the US across the board
It’s not because people are choosing other religions, but because they’re abandoning organized religion altogether. Ten percent less of the population identify as Christian today than ten years ago, and ten percent more don’t identify with any religion.
The religious landscape in America, 2019 Christian 65%, including Protestant 43% Catholic 20% Religious "nones" 26%, including Atheist 4% Agnostic 5% Nothing in particular 17% Non-Christian faiths 7%
This is a fascinating study. The % of Christians in the US, as well as absolute numbers, are declining rapidly. Numbers in, e.g., the UK and Australia are similar. What's going on? 1/
New Pew data: Since 2009, the percentage of US adults who say they're Christian has fallen 12 points. The percentage who say they're atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular" has risen 9 points.
Religiosity goes in waves so no guarantee what happens 20 years from now, but at this moment America it is on a decline
Millennials are no longer majority-Christian. This isn't a constant generational gap: all age groups are less Christian than they were 10 years ago, with Millennials having the biggest drop (used to be 65% Christian).
First, anyone arguing that American Christianity is "collapsing" is almost certainly overstating the case, by a lot. But Christian affiliation in the U.S. is declining and it is happening rapidly.
In 2009, the discrepancy between Americans who identify as Christian and those who identify as nonreligious was 60% (77% vs. 17%). Today, the difference is 39% (65% vs. 26%). A huge change. "In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace"
To people who tell me that you can't change religious people's minds: we're actually doing a really good job of it!
Some very good news. Truth and science continue winning out over superstition and ignorance. ".....65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile,...
In US, decline of christianity continues at rapid pace. Rates of religious affiliation and rates of religious attendance are falling
The numbers from Pew Research confirm what we've known for a while. Christianity is dying a slow death, and Evangelicals delivered the killing blow. #Exvangelical #EmptythePews
According to this new study, "nones" are now 26 percent of the population of this country, up from 17 percent in 2009. I neither cheer nor lament this social trend but I do underscore its significance.
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
In a generation traditional Xians will be small minority in US, as in much of Europe. Good thing? Depends on whether this results in less dogma, more critical thinking, or many just trade one faith for another, whether it's religion or a political ideology
Peace to my fellow millennial unaffiliated. source:
New religious landscape data from
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace Roughly 25% Americans are now "nones" "Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, agnostics make up 5% and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “nothing in particular”"
In US, Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace A 10% point change in just 10 years! For something so fundamental to people's identity that is a neck-breaking speed. The people who believe in Christ should reclaim the term from the "value voters".
In US, decline of christianity continues at rapid pace. Rates of religious affiliation and rates of religious attendance are falling Will #KanyeWest help turn the tide with his new album and movie #JesusIsKing? #KanyeWestSundayService
And this further fuels decline in religious belief. Imagine someone who grew up never seeing any religious displays, who then raises their children non-religiously and so on. In the end, you come to an atheistic/agnostic population (e.g., Scandinavia) 24/
This is probably not a coincidence
It alienates people who are not interested in the package deal of traditional values (e.g., anti LGBTQ) and ethnic identity, and thus loses potential young converts. It's worth noting the very rapid de-Christianization of Zoomers and Millennials, here 9/
It is not THAT Rodney Stark et al were so wrong about secularization, but rather, HOW and WHY they could claim to be so empirical and yet be so blind to what was actually happening on the religious landscape. Doesn’t speak well of our discipline.
People like are helping this decline along with their commitment to the white nationalist agenda of . #EmptyThePews
Meanwhile, what actually happened
20% of US adults say their Catholic, while 26% describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” according to the Pew Research Center. When do the latter, truly without religious bias, get their Supreme Court Justices?