No Religion is growing

by Giordano 10 Replies latest social current

  • Giordano

    (CNN)For the first time "No Religion" has topped a survey of Americans' religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.

    Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found that 23.1% of Americans now claim no religion.

    Catholics came in at 23.0%, and evangelicals were at 22.5%.
    The three groups remain within the margin of error of each other though, making it a statistical tie. Over 2,000 people were interviewed in person for the survey.
    "Religious nones," as they are called by researchers, are a diverse group made up of atheists, agnostics, the spiritual, and those who are no specific organized religion in particular. A rejection of organized religion is the common thread they share.
    "It is the first time we have seen this. The same questions have been asked for 44 years," Burge told CNN.
    The meteoric rise of religious nones began in the early 1990s and has grown 266% since 1991, he said.
    Burge estimates that 'No Religion' will be the largest group outright in four to six years.

    Experts still debate the factors behind this wave of Americans declaring no religion.
    One reason could be the internet, says Nick Fish, the president of American Atheists. It provides a place for nonbelievers to find each other.
    "The ease of access to the internet helped build communities where they didn't feel alone," he says.
    Robyn Blumner, executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, sees the change as a generational trend driven by millennials.
    "We are seeing the rise of a generation of Americans who are hungry for facts and curious about the world," she says.
  • ZindagiNaMilegiDobaara

    it will fit in that little chit !


  • careful

    Ask SBF. He studies this sort of thing.

  • joe134cd

    I was reading an article on the SDAs. They showed much the same growth patterns as JWs, with a world wide growth rate of around one point something percent, with much of the growth coming out of Africa / Latin America.

  • Syme
    No religion is growing *in the US*, and no *Christian* religion is growing in the world in general. Islam is growing fast.
  • apostatethunder

    This happened first in the Soviet Union and the end result is a return to religion for the ones that survived totalitarism.

  • Half banana
    Half banana

    In the UK the figure is now 53% claiming no religion according to the Independant newspaper. Religious attendance is around 4% in England as I recall from about four years ago

  • APieceOfShitNamedTate
    Maybe John Lennon was on to something when he wrote Imagine.
  • Giordano

    What I take from the non's is that in their family and among their friends it ends for those people. When your a witness your job is to proselytize for the WTBTS......... nothing easier to 'encourage' family and friends to become a JW..........but when you become a non believer that activity ends.

    With the internet available for most people and no family connection very few are enthusiastic about the message from the WT.

    Growth can come from a born-in or a crazy person without them their is little to no ministry. Just leaving a track in the door does nothing.

    Other then the lone shill who is more likely to be an accomplice of a swindler who acts as an enthusiastic believer to entice or encourage others to join up.

    Once someone catches on....... they are gone.

  • peacefulpete

    I've observed that well written movies, songs or books often inspire a sense of humanity and stir us to be better selves, reaching across religions and political divides.

    Sadly religion and political faction soon reassert themselves and the moment is lost. I'm glad that religious and political identification is shrinking among the young, it suggests there might yet be hope for humans.

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