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Americans Leaving Christianity in Droves


The front row of the church clapped along with the singing of the Community Worship Team Sunday afternoon Oct. 19, 2014, during a memorial service at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center, Minn. From left were Alfred. Babington-Johnson, Congressman Keith Ellison, and state Rep. Ray Dehn.   The Liberian community in the area hosted a memorial service for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who had the first Ebola infection to be diagnosed in the United States.  (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

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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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One comment on “Americans Leaving Christianity in Droves

  1. Pastor Juan Rivera
    May 13, 2015

    True Christianity has always been small… What is being affected is the large money-guzzlers. Millennials…well, that’s a different story. They wanted “relevant,” so we became “relevant.” They wanted chairs instead of pews… we gave it to them. They wanted pastors with jeans and t-shirts…we gave it to them. We exchanged church music for rock concerts… still they’re unhappy. Millennials think that regress is progress… that breaking is doing, and tearing down, building. In other words- they’re a bunch of brats without real purpose or a cause. Going to other religions give them a false sense of “cause.” They finally become “somebodies.”

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