Here are four key excerpts:
While three-quarters of Americans still identify themselves as Christians, five percent fewer do so than seven years ago. Virtually the entire drop in Christian affiliation has been made up by growth of the religiously unaffiliated, while the number of those belonging to non-Christian religions has remained substantially unchanged.
This new survey basically corroborates a study conducted earlier this year by the Pew Research Center, which found an alarming dip in American religiosity and a sharp rise among the religiously unaffiliated, or “nones.”
While the most radical change has been in Americans’ positive moral evaluation of polygamy and human cloning, approval of gay and lesbian relations has also soared in the same time period, with an absolute majority of 63% of the population now seeing nothing wrong with this homosexual behavior, as opposed to 40% in 2001—an increase of 23 percent.
Statistics from the Pew Center’s comprehensive 2015 report on religion in America also revealed that most religious “nones” tend to be undereducated, poor, white males, belying the commonly held belief that irreligiosity tends to rise with education and income.
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