Monday, March 9, 2009

Losing Our Religion

According to a new survey by Connecticut’s Trinity College, more and more people are abandoning Christianity for no religion at all. In 1990, nine out of ten Americans identified themselves as Christians, but that number has dropped to three out of four. The number of people not affiliated with any religion is on a steady rise, while members of moderate Christian denominations like Lutherans and Episcopalians are losing ground to more fundamentalist sects. One of the survey authors attributes the rise in godlessness to a reaction against the rise in fundamentalism, as the stereotypes of Christians as intolerant evangelicals seems to be truer than ever. Though I’d like to think some of these new rationalists simply opened their Bibles, said “there’s no damn way”, and quietly joined the rest of us. More details here.

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