By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
The nation’s Christians are experiencing a steep slide in numbers, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The survey of 35,000 adults finds the number of those who identify as Christian slid from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, the New York Times reports.
Almost every major Christian denomination saw a decline, and no age group, race, or region was immune. The trend “is big, it’s broad, and it’s everywhere,” report editor Alan Cooperman tells USA Today. “The decline is taking place in every region of the country, including the Bible Belt,” he adds, per the Times. While some of the slide is attributed to non-Christian millennials supplanting the elderly, many once-Christians have shifted to the unaffiliated category of atheists, agnostics, and those of “no particular religion,” which has grown from 16% of adults to 23%. Read More
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