• Pew Report: Atheism Is On The Rise in America

    The United States is known for being one of the most religious countries in the world, but an increasing number of Americans describe themselves as agnostic, atheist, or do not identify with a particular faith, according to a new Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

    More Americans have shed their religious attachments and the segment of Americans with no religion has swollen to 56 million in recent years, the survey says, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals.

    Pew conducted this large-scale study of American religious life from 2007 to 2014, and during the two years the number of “nones” jumped from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent.

    The number of people adhering to atheism nearly doubled, growing from a slim 1.6 percent of the population to 3.1 percent, while those espousing “nothing in particular” experienced a 3.7 percent growth, from 12.1 to 15.8 percent of the nation.

    Christianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S, as 70 percent of Americans still identify with the tradition, but this number has declined from about 78.4 percent to just under 70.6 percent of the population in just seven years.

    The United States it is markedly less Christian than it was even a generation ago. The members of traditional Christian faiths are getting older, while the unaffiliated are comparatively young, “and getting younger, on average, over time.”

    Protestants now comprise 46.5 percent of what was once a predominantly Protestant country.

    The religious category to take the biggest hit was Christianity, especially mainline Christianity and Catholicism, which fell 3.4 percent  and 3.1 percent, respectively

    The survey’s results undoubtedly marks a change in America’s religious identity, but the growth of “nones” has political significance as well. People with no religion tend to vote Democratic.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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