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What, do you think about this from USA today?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.
The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers – or falling off the faith map completely.
These dramatic shifts in just 18 years are detailed in the new American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), to be released today. It finds that, despite growth and immigration that has added nearly 50 million adults to the U.S. population, almost all religious denominations have lost ground since the first ARIS survey in 1990.
“More than ever before, people are just making up their own stories of who they are. They say, ‘I’m everything. I’m nothing. I believe in myself,’ ” says Barry Kosmin, survey co-author.
Among the key findings in the 2008 survey:
– So many Americans claim no religion at all (15%, up from 8% in 1990), that this category now outranks every other major U.S. religious group except Catholics and Baptists. In a nation that has long been mostly Christian, “the challenge to Christianity … does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion,” the report concludes.
Meanwhile, nearly 2.8 million people now identify with dozens of new religious movements, calling themselves Wiccan, pagan or “Spiritualist,” which the survey does not define.
Wicca, a contemporary form of paganism that includes goddess worship and reverence for nature, has even made its way to Arlington National Cemetery, where the Pentagon now allows Wiccans’ five-pointed-star symbol to be used on veterans’ gravestones.


  1. It is only to be expected in these last days.
    2Th 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

  2. this survey is sadly out of date with reality.
    People are returning to the Church.in droves…
    current wars, economic times…etc..
    the boneyards can have what they want..the dead dont care..
    wicca…earth mother..
    we’re all Gentiles.

  3. This was discussed on O’Reilly, and his panel suggested there is very likely an agenda with this survey because one of the main backers of the study is also a campaigner AGAINST the progression of secularism in America.
    They also suggest this is the case because the findings are inconsistent with recent major surveys, all of which are consistant with eachother in their findings.
    Also, consider the source – this survey was done at Trinity College.
    In other words, as a non-Christian you may think the findings of this survey give you confirmation, but if there is an ulterior motive by one of the major backers and those who performed the survey, then the intention behind it is not designed to be good news for you. Especially not in the long run.

  4. Interesting article. I think of two things in particular when I read this article.
    First, the article claims that religious faith has decreased in the last 18 years from the findings of a SURVEY. I personally do not put much stock into surveys or polls. In an ideal survey, a cross section of a community is surveyed resulting in a relatively accurate assesment of the overall consensus of the community. However, in many surveys the so called “cross section” is actually a controlled group. It usually happens inadvertantly, but can make the results of a poll or survey quite skewed from the reality of a particular community (in this case, the entire US).
    For example, think of a college class in which the professor asks the students to do a poll. Well, the students are likely to conduct the poll on the campus grounds because it is convenient. So the results of that poll are going to represent the consensus of college students and professors, which is not necessarily the consensus of the community in which the campus resides. Get it?
    Anyway, there is a science to polls, and much research has been put into it to help solve problems statistically. However, it is of my opinion that most polls and surveys are simply inaccurate.
    The second thing I picked up on while reading this article is this line:
    “Meanwhile, nearly 2.8 million people now identify with dozens of new religious movements, calling themselves Wiccan, pagan or “Spiritualist,” which the survey does not define.”
    All I can do is laugh so I don’t cry. Paganism is not a “new religious movement.” It is not “new” or “religious” or a “movement”. Furthermore, notice the end of that line where is states that the survey doesn’t even define this type of spiritual practice, and I so I could deduct that these numbers weren’t even included in the findings of the survey. Well, this goes back to my earlier point that this is simply not a very accurate survey.
    Other than that, there’s nothing else too exciting about this poorly written article I can comment on. The fact that there are people across America who will read this article and believe it doesn’t bother me, because I know that the people across America who read this article and see it for what it is are likely to be people who I know and love in my Pagan community 🙂


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