Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Main churches losing population share

In the Low Countries it looks more as if the Church is dying. The majority of main churches, the bastions of a few decades ago, are nearly empty and even have no weekly Sunday service any more.

In the United States there are still many mega-churches, but there too we can find that the main churches are loosing attending ship.

Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew Research Center said Thursday that 65% of American adults now describe themselves as Christian, down from 77% in 2009. Meanwhile, the portion that describes their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

The so called conservative Christian country sees her religious landscape changing at a rapid clip.

One-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009.

Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “nothing in particular,” up from 12% in 2009.

As in Europe we can see that members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population.

Over the last decade, the share of Americans who say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month dropped by 7 percentage points, while the share who say they attend religious services less often (if at all) has risen by the same degree.

> In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

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