Religiously unaffiliated as secularization of American society continues to rise

A parishioner sits in a pew at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Denver in 2016. (John Leyba/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

Deuteronomy 28:20 ““The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me.”

Important Takeaways:

  • About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Are Now Religiously Unaffiliated
  • The secularizing shifts evident in American society so far in the 21st century show no signs of slowing. The latest Pew Research Center survey of the religious composition of the United States finds the religiously unaffiliated share of the public is 6 percentage points higher than it was five years ago and 10 points higher than a decade ago.
  • In addition, the share of U.S. adults who say they pray on a daily basis has been trending downward, as has the share who say religion is “very important” in their lives.
  • Self-identified Christians of all varieties make up 63% of the adult population … down from 75% a decade ago

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