Steven Waldman: Christian America’s “Fall” and the State of U.S. Piety

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Pew study founded that 79% of the currently unaffiliated --also known as "nones" in the survey--started off life connected with a religion. But get this: only 30% of "nones" who used to be Catholic and only 18% of former Protestants said they'd had strong faith as a child. This is true even for those who attended church regularly.

In other words, perhaps it's not that the devout have lost their way, it's that the nominally religious have stopped pretending to be religious. Perhaps what we're seeing is not an increase in the number of "nones" but an increase in the numbers willing to admit it.

Another bit of evidence for this theory is that the rates of church attendance during this same period from 1990 to 2009 have remained stable. The pious are just as pious; it's the more tenuously connected that seem to be fleeing.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

Posted April 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Elves, the link doesn’t seem to work, at least not for me.  Could you please check it out?

David Handy+

April 30, 11:34 pm | [comment link]
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