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America: Becoming More Secular

Newsweek has an interesting cover story, The End of Christian America, that points out that:

. . . the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent.

15% may not seem like a big deal but it means that is 45 million Americans have no religious affiliation; only the Catholic Church has more official members in the US (the Catholic church is the single largest denomination in the US, the Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination). Accurately measuring religious affiliation is a complicated matter. Millions of Americans will self-identify as members of one denomination or another, but will in fact not have set foot in church for years. Other Americans are strictly C&E – or Christmas and Easter – attendees. Other Americans will clearly claim a religious affiliation but do not go to church except to get married or buried (or to see a family member do the same). A better measure is attendance versus membership. I don’t remember the exact numbers (I’m sure someone here will know them) but even in Utah there exists a vast chasm between active attendees and official members. Some denominations (i.e. the Episcopal Church) actually report more attendees than members in many local congregations.
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