Modeling the future of religion in America

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 Modeling the future of religion in America Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” This accelerating trend is reshaping the U.S. religious landscape, leading many people to wonder what the future of religion in America might look like.

new Pew Research Center study has modeled several hypothetical scenarios describing how the U.S. religious landscape might change over the next half century. Depending on whether religious switching continues at recent rates, speeds up or stops entirely, the projections show Christians of all ages shrinking from 64% to between a little more than half (54%) and just above one-third (35%) of all Americans by 2070. Over that same period, “nones” would rise from the current 30% to somewhere between 34% and 52% of the U.S. population.  Media mentions Is Christianity on the decline? Pew research takes a look at the numbers
Sept. 13 – The Dallas Morning News *

Fewer than half of Americans may be Christian by 2070, according to new projections
Sept. 13 – Religion News Service

Decline of Christianity shows no signs of stopping
Sept. 13 – Christianity Today *

Categories: Christianity, Demographics

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