In October 2012 The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released an article called “’Nones’ on the the Rise: One-in-Five Adults have no Religious Affiliation” The article reports: “The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling….In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%). “
The Pew Forum describes itself as “a nonpartisan ‘fact tank’ that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world… by conducting public opinion polling and social science research…analyzing news coverage and holding forums…. It does not take positions on policy issues.”
As you can imagine this article set off a flurry of discussion and debate. Similar articles, quoting the Pew Forum as a source, were seen on sites such as CBS News, USA Today, Huffington Post and Christianity Today all asking the question: “Is America Losing its Religion?”
According to a Pew Forum article “The religiously unaffiliated number 1.1 billion, accounting for about one-in-six (16%) people worldwide. The religiously unaffiliated include atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion in surveys. However, many of the religiously unaffiliated have some religious beliefs. For example, belief in God or a higher power is shared by 7% of Chinese unaffiliated adults, 30% of French unaffiliated adults and 68% of unaffiliated U.S. adults. Some of the unaffiliated also engage in certain kinds of religious practices. For example, 7% of unaffiliated adults in France and 2 7% of those in the United States say they attend religious serv ices at least once a year.”
So what do you think, Is America Losing Its Religion?