The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted a survey, according to CNN, of 35,000 people and found:
“While much of the study confirms earlier findings — mainline Protestant churches are in decline, non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing — it also provides a deeper look behind those trends, and of smaller religious groups.”
“The religious demographic benefiting the most from this religious churn is those who claim no religious affiliation. People moving into that category outnumber those moving out of it by a three-to-one margin.
The majority of the unaffiliated — 12 percent of the overall population — describe their religion as “nothing in particular,” and about half of those say faith is at least somewhat important to them. Atheists or agnostics account for 4 percent of the total population.”
Many hold the evangelicals responsible (including me) for at least the second Bush term, if not the first, which has left a bad taste in many mouths (especially mine). I also think Atheist and Agnostic numbers are surging and will continue to do so – like I’ve said before, you can’t stop progress!