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The Pew Research Center found in a new study that the number of self-identified Christians in America is dropping. The main contributors to the decline are Millennials (described as those who are in their 20s and 30s).

Overall, Pew states that “the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years,” and now rests at 70.6%. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who do not have a religious affiliation has climbed six points, up to 22.8%. This report should push the church to take stock of how we got here and how we can bring Millennials back to God.

Millennial Generation

As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious affiliation.

Decline by 2014
%
Religious Affiliation in 2007
%
Growth by 2014
%
Christian-7.8%78.4
Protestant-4.8%51.3
Evangelical-0.9%26.3
Mainline-3.4%18.1
Historically black6.9no change
Catholic-3.1%23.9
Orthodox Christian0.6no change
Mormon1.7no change
Jehovah’s Witness0.7no change
Other Christian0.3no change
Non-Christian Faiths4.7+1.2%
Jewish1.7no change
Muslim0.4+0.5%
Buddhist0.7no change
Hindu0.4+0.3%
Other world religions<0.3no change
Other faiths1.2+0.3%
Unaffiliated16.1+6.7%
Atheist1.6+1.5%
Agnostic2.4+1.6%
Nothing in particular12.1+3.7%
Don’t Know-0.2%0.8

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