Posted by Historical Ken
Here is the headline in the April 4 edition of Newsweek Magazine:
The End of Christian America
The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades.
And the article goes on to explain how the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent.
Now, smack dab in the middle of the article, the author says this:
Let’s be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated. Being less Christian does not necessarily mean that America is post-Christian. A third of Americans say they are born again; this figure, along with the decline of politically moderate-to liberal mainline Protestants, led the ARIS authors to note that “these trends … suggest a movement towards more conservative beliefs and particularly to a more ‘evangelical’ outlook among Christians.” With rising numbers of Hispanic immigrants bolstering the Roman Catholic Church in America, and given the popularity of Pentecostalism, a rapidly growing Christian milieu in the United States and globally, there is no doubt that the nation remains vibrantly religious—far more so, for instance, than Europe.
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