Study Shows Americans Leave Religion Due to Drift, Not Rupture

Posted by Kendall Harmon

More Americans have given up their faith or changed religions because of a gradual spiritual drift than switched because of a disillusionment over their churches' policies, according to a new study released today which illustrates how personal spiritual attitudes are taking precedence over denominational traditions.

The survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is the first large-scale study of the reasons behind Americans switching their religious faith and found that more than half of people have done so at least once during their lifetime.

Almost three-quarters of Catholics and Protestants who are now unaffiliated with a religion said they had "just gradually drifted away" from their faith. And more than three-quarters of Catholics and half of Protestants currently not associated with a faith said that, over time, they stopped believing in their religion's teachings.

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Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. nwlayman wrote:

“They stopped believing in their religion’s teachings…”  And left!
Now there is a refreshing thing.  Not the lack of belief, but the fact they *left*.  It is so much more honest than staying around and getting ordained.  Several times.

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