- Apr 23, 2021
Young people have an “unbundled” religious sensibility, meaning they are gathering up aspects of their religious lives from various sources, rather than one bundled up, complete source.
A new study shows that the percentage of Catholics in the United States has fallen from nearly one-in-four to one-in-five, with the added news that Hispanics in America are no longer majority-Catholic.
Research indicates that religiously active people report being happier.
A new study, “America’s Changing Religious Identity,” shows Americans are also continuing to move away from organized religion altogether, as atheists, agnostics and those who say they do not identify with any particular religion — the group known as the “nones” — hold steady at about one-quarter (24 percent) of the population.
A new survey found that 15 percent of people in Britain consider themselves to be Anglican, compared to about 30 percent in 2000. The proportion of people who say they are Catholic has remained consistent, however, at about 10 percent for the past three decades. About 6 percent belong to non-Christian religions, an increase of 2 percent since 1983. Seventy-one percent of people ages 18-24 said they had no religion, up from 62 percent in 2015.
On July 28, four secularist organizations – American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America – issued a joint statement calling for “dialogue with the Trump administration.” The four signatory organizations urged Trump to call upon them as a resource, so they can work together to “ensure religious freedom and inclusion for all Americans throughout your tenure as President of the United States.”
One of the things the Catholic hierarchy struggles with is the large number of people who have left the Church, not necessarily for another faith, but for nothing. These ‘post-Christians’ are growing in what used to be strongholds of the Church in the U.S. like Boston.