In the American religious landscape, who’s ahead and who’s behind?
A recent poll from the Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life found the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians declined from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. Mainline Protestants and Catholics contributed most to the decline: Mainline Protestants fell from 18.1% to 14.7%, while Catholics dropped from 23.9% to 20.8%. Meanwhile, the category of “unaffiliated” grew from 16.1% to 22.8%. Those identifying as “nothing in particular” represented more than half of the category.
Some commentators are unmoved. The shift here really is no shift, they say. It’s just that people are more honest, or at least more...READ MORE