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AP: “More Americans Say They Have No Religion” A new poll conducted by Connecticut’s Trinity College helps resoundingly confirm our answer to what Ken Ham has asked audiences for years at seminars: is America growing more Christian or less?
The survey of 54,461 American adults in the 48 contiguous states confirmed that the United States is less Christian (at least in numbers, if not also in influencing society) than in the past, with a dramatic decline in mainline Protestant denominations accounting for 90 percent of the drop in total number of people identifying themselves as Christians..
The United States is less Christian.
That prompted Mark Silk, director of the Public Values Program at Trinity, to state that “it looks like the two-party system of American Protestantism—mainline (generally theologically liberal) versus evangelical—is collapsing.” He continued, “A generic form of evangelicalism is emerging as the normative form of non-Catholic Christianity in the United States.”
Meanwhile, the percentage not identifying with any religion—including atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other irreligious—has seen dramatic growth of 193 percent since 1990. Of course, evolution-based secular humanism (and similar beliefs) are, themselves, religious.
Among the survey highlights (both official and what we saw):
We’ve summarized the main table from the poll results (PDF) showing U.S. religious identification (in estimated percentages of the total population):
|Religious identification||2008||2001||1990||Category definitions|
|Other major denominations6||3.1||2.9||2.6|
The survey results pretty well speak for themselves. The United States continues to grow less Christian, with compromising mainline denominations on a path to almost disappear completely within the century. (Next week, we will be reviewing another new survey that examined the attitudes of mainline Protestant clergy.) What is clear is that for long-term success, the church needs to reaffirm God’s Word as its starting point—then repent and pray for God’s wisdom and blessing as we try to take back the culture for biblical truths..
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