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Christianity Johnson on 29 Apr 2009 12:47 am

Why are people abandoning religion in record numbers?

Why are people abandoning religion in record numbers?

Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.

The reasons people give for changing their religion – or leaving religion altogether – differ widely depending on the origin and destination of the convert. The group that has grown the most in recent years due to religious change is the unaffiliated population. Two-thirds of former Catholics who have become unaffiliated and half of former Protestants who have become unaffiliated say they left their childhood faith because they stopped believing in its teachings, and roughly four-in-ten say they became unaffiliated because they do not believe in God or the teachings of most religions.1 Additionally, many people who left a religion to become unaffiliated say they did so in part because they think of religious people as hypocritical or judgmental, because religious organizations focus too much on rules or because religious leaders are too focused on power and money. Far fewer say they became unaffiliated because they believe that modern science proves that religion is just superstition.

2 Responses to “Why are people abandoning religion in record numbers?”

  1. on 08 May 2009 at 12:57 pm 1.Hermes said …

    Why are more people abandoning religion in the USA?

    They have realized that insanity, immorality, and ignorance, are linked to religious fervor and they have decided that they don’t want to be associated with those anti-social people or ideas. Basically, lower levels of religiosity are considered normal and even admirable.

    To see the depth of ignorance held to by even theologians that have spent time studying and researching and thinking about religion, look at the thread on the forums here;

    Theology: Innovative, Knowledgeable, or Dead?


  2. on 08 May 2009 at 12:58 pm 2.Hermes said …

    Also, to see the trend in immorality and other negatives associated with higher levels of supernatural theism, look here;

    High rates of atheism: low crime, higher pay, better health and education
    Study; More Faithful Nations Are Less Moral


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