More later, but here’s a link my sis emailed me. CNN reports on the results of a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life study recently released, finding that, among other things…
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates the United States is 78 percent Christian and about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation, at 51 percent and slipping.
More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religion or no religion at all, the survey found. Factoring in moves from one stream or denomination of Protestantism to another, the number rises to 44 percent.
One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.
“In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one generation to the next would stay,” said Penn State University sociologist Roger Finke, who consulted in the survey planning. “Right now, there is a dropping confidence in organized religion, especially in the traditional religious forms.”
The CNN story is here: Survey: Americans Switching Faiths, Dropping Out
The Pew Forum study main page, with interactive features, is here: US Religious Landscape Survey