There are fewer Christians in the US in 2015, according to a poll recently released by the Pew Center. For very many different reasons, there seem to be more and more people who declare themselves “unaffiliated” with any kind of religion, making American Christianity reach its lowest level yet.
While America remains one of the countries with the most Christians worldwide, its religious rates are reaching national lows lately. The unaffiliated presently constitute 22.8% of the population, which is an enormous quota for the US, especially since it amounts to a 7% increase since 2007, when a similar poll was conducted.
The reasons behind the fact that more and more people are not identifying with one specific religion or any in the last few years constitute a wide variety of factors. These range from day-to-day stress and poor living conditions to the declining interest in traditions and to the ever-growing confidence that people play in science.
Moreover, people from the younger generation, commonly known as the “millennials”, are more concerned with material things and the latest trends rather than spiritual matters. And as the old generation is replaced by the newer, the number of spiritually aware individuals decreases.
For example, in Georgia the number of unaffiliates has risen by only 5%, which is a lot less than other parts of the US. Obviously, the south remains the beacon of American Christianity, because people of all ages are united by religious events.
Socializing at religious events also bares the great advantage of making them accessible to all age groups and social groups and makes people assimilate religious values much easier.
Even among the religious people of America there is great diversity, as there are Catholics, Evangelicals and Protestants out there. Even racial differences have been observed, suggesting that African-Americans are the most likely to stick to their chosen religion.
The religious minority consists of Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons and Jews, all of them amounting to less than 10% of the population. Their proportions display variations, but not ones that would be of great importance. This minority is mostly associated with immigrants, who most often chose to keep their own religious values.
Overall, these changes in people’s spirituality are not materialized in notable changes just yet. Their significance though has more to do with society becoming artificial and devote of substance, and it is this that we ought to reflect upon.
Spirituality and religion can convey solace from stress and despair and dedicating a few moments a day to a higher purpose of your own choosing has proven to have important positive effects. The fact that there are fewer Christians in America in 2015 should not be alarming, as it perfectly mirrors the changes suffered by the current generation.
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