Christianity's influence is fading in America

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atheist

Edmonton, Canada

#1 Mar 13, 2008
atheist

Edmonton, Canada

#2 Mar 13, 2008
As in Europe, Christianity's influence is fading in America
By Lee Salisbury
Mar 9, 2008,
A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details religious life in America. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is extremely fluid.
The study shows twenty-eight percent of American adults have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion - or no religion at all. Forty-four percent of Protestant adults have switched Protestant affiliation. Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses. While thirty-one percent of Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, today twenty-four percent describe themselves as Catholic. Catholicism’s losses would be considerably greater were it not for the offsetting impact of Latin American immigrants.
The survey found that the sixteen percent (42 million) of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. Among Americans ages 18-29, a significantly larger twenty five percent say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion.
The dissatisfaction with Christianity is certainly understandable. Its allegedly omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent god has recently proven to be totally indifferent, if not completely inept. Where was this god on 9/11, or when Katrina struck New Orleans, or when tornadoes obliterate so many predominately Christian towns like Greensburg Kansas?
Why didn’t this god alert Minnesota’s Christian Governor Pawlenty that the I–35 bridge was about to collapse? America’s dollar proudly proclaims,“In God we trust” yet under Christian President George Bush the dollar has lost 50% of its God entrusted value and America appears headed for a serious recession with 900,000 homes in foreclosure.
The track record of the Christian god, whose major attribute is purportedly love and faithfulness for his people, shows he is no more caring than Allah, Vishnu, or any of the dozens of other savior-gods of history.(Maybe if this god were a she, things would be different) A bible full of contradictions, inconsistencies and errors plus no credible 1st Century historical confirmation of a Jesus of Nazareth compounds Christianity’s credibility.
Why is secularism growing and Christianity declining? Perhaps because Christian faith demands unquestioning allegiance to fantastical stories and mind numbing dogma which squashes an intellectually stimulated minds. More and more people are asking questions that demand rational evidence-based answers. Christianity like any religion provides nice philosophical platitudes, but they are shallow and dissatisfying to a mind free of "don't dare ask" religious restraints. The free thought mind-set is like a butterfly hatched from its cocoon, free to think, reason and explore any and all there is to discover.
Tenn

Chattanooga, TN

#3 Mar 13, 2008
It is fading fast. Christianity died in Europe, but they are older and got to know about it longer than in America. They found out the hard way what a problem it was just as we found out between 2000-2006 when it reached it peak. It is almost funny how in a year and a half how Christianity in America has decreased by almost 50% from what it was just two years before that.

I predict it will be dead in 20 years.

It never had anything going for it to start with other than superstition. It was an obvious lie made up by obvious primitive man.

Good riddance to Christianity and other crazy religions.
lulu hogg

San Francisco, CA

#4 Mar 13, 2008
Well, no kidding! It's been headed that way for about the last 50 years. Did it really take a survey to figure that one out? C'mon...morality has been on the downslide since Hollywood became the almighty God. Where else but America do we care more about pro football and basketball stars than we do abused children? Where else but America does the former President get a hummer in the Oval Office and it's more important than terrorists attacks? Where but America is Paris Hilton's latest escapade and Britney's latest crisis, and least we forget, Lindsey Lohan's latest arrest being more of a concern to the general public than the plight of the truly poor and hungry? You can basically see soft porn with sex advice at the checkout and mainstream magazines, belly-shirts at Wal-mart for 8 year-old girls with "hot stuff" and "feeling lucky" emblazoned on the front is sequins, and prime-time tv that would've been rated R when I was a teen in the 1980's. Christianity or Judiasm, or morally upright atheism has been "out of fashion" for years in the general public. While I don't want a "fundamentalist" nation, it'd be nice to return to a more gentle and refined way of life!
lulu hogg

San Francisco, CA

#5 Mar 13, 2008
atheist wrote:
As in Europe, Christianity's influence is fading in America
By Lee Salisbury
Mar 9, 2008,
A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details religious life in America. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is extremely fluid.
The study shows twenty-eight percent of American adults have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion - or no religion at all. Forty-four percent of Protestant adults have switched Protestant affiliation. Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses. While thirty-one percent of Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, today twenty-four percent describe themselves as Catholic. Catholicism’s losses would be considerably greater were it not for the offsetting impact of Latin American immigrants.
The survey found that the sixteen percent (42 million) of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. Among Americans ages 18-29, a significantly larger twenty five percent say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion.
The dissatisfaction with Christianity is certainly understandable. Its allegedly omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent god has recently proven to be totally indifferent, if not completely inept. Where was this god on 9/11, or when Katrina struck New Orleans, or when tornadoes obliterate so many predominately Christian towns like Greensburg Kansas?
Why didn’t this god alert Minnesota’s Christian Governor Pawlenty that the I–35 bridge was about to collapse? America’s dollar proudly proclaims,“In God we trust” yet under Christian President George Bush the dollar has lost 50% of its God entrusted value and America appears headed for a serious recession with 900,000 homes in foreclosure.
The track record of the Christian god, whose major attribute is purportedly love and faithfulness for his people, shows he is no more caring than Allah, Vishnu, or any of the dozens of other savior-gods of history.(Maybe if this god were a she, things would be different) A bible full of contradictions, inconsistencies and errors plus no credible 1st Century historical confirmation of a Jesus of Nazareth compounds Christianity’s credibility.
Why is secularism growing and Christianity declining? Perhaps because Christian faith demands unquestioning allegiance to fantastical stories and mind numbing dogma which squashes an intellectually stimulated minds. More and more people are asking questions that demand rational evidence-based answers. Christianity like any religion provides nice philosophical platitudes, but they are shallow and dissatisfying to a mind free of "don't dare ask" religious restraints. The free thought mind-set is like a butterfly hatched from its cocoon, free to think, reason and explore any and all there is to discover.
See my post above, I included atheists because, while we may not agree on "theology or lack of", most atheists I've spoken with have upright social and family morals parallel to my Catholic and mainstream Protestant friends.
lAA

Southfield, MI

#6 Mar 13, 2008
It does not matter what religion a person is! The only thing that matter is their heart and relationship with Jesus Christ! RELEGION CAN GET YOU INTO HELL!
One man might SAY"OH I BELONG TO THE BAPTIST CHURCH, ANOTHER MAN SAY. OH, I BELONG TO A PROTESTIANTERY CHURCH, AND ANOTHER SAYS, OH I BELONGS TO THIS CHURCH!
It does not matter what church a person go to!
I dont care if you go to church 4 days a week, if you are not living holy before the lord and his angels, you will spend eternity in hell with satan and his angels!
GET RIGHT WITH GOD WHILE YOU STILL CAN PEOPLE! FOR TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT!
WHY CAE ABOU THE THINGS IN THIS LIFETIME AS THIS IS ALL THAT WILL EVER COME?
you go to either places when you die, heaven or hell! Make up your mind to the place you woul dlike to go now!

“Life Happens”

Since: Nov 07

The Jellicle Junkyard

#7 Mar 13, 2008
Is religion actually being replaced by something else, like Hollywood? Or is it simply being forgotten (out of sight, out of mind). I mean, there just haven't been many (any) active gods in any living person's memory. I've never seen a mountain moved (except with lots of dynamite and bulldozers), and I've never seen a sea parted. Maybe people are just deciding to forget the gods that forgot them?

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#8 Mar 13, 2008
Christianity's influence is fading in America

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Humanity

Brandenburg, KY

#9 Mar 23, 2008
I question the longevity of a middle eastern religion (christianity). Exported to North America by Europeons and excepted as their own.
Christianity is insanity, christians worship and believe in a book (bible), it has nothing to do with divinity.
Theres not one word of the so-called christian bible that applies to anyone living today. Yet it is the source of life for millions of Americans.
Tell me that christian really do not believe their "bibles" are relevant today?
In the name of

Tulsa, OK

#10 Dec 26, 2010
Where was God when...? I'm sorry, but everyone here seems to want a "God on Demand". "God save us, protect us, bless us, give, give and give."
Just as our whole society has become we want nothing to do with responsibility, just the priviledge. God is real and is in control of our lives as well as life. He is and always will be. You have the priviledge and freedom to turn your backs on him. You have the freedom to mock him, blasphemy him and curse him. You have the ignorance to bash him and cast doubt on his character. Let me ask where you were on September 11, 2001? I found it very revealing that people who are so brave to mock him were on their knees praying for protection. Once the shock wore off mockers started back. Mark God's word you will experience much more hurt, disasters, death and moral decay. God throughout history has always allowed people to turn their backs on him; but are you prepared for when he truly turns his back on you? You should pick up the Holy Bible and study it. There has always been generations just like ours, who do right in our own eyes and think we know it all. When we reach that point God gives us over to our selves. When your next disaster happens who will you turn to? Who will you look for when you need to be comforted? Who will you get angry with and scream at? Read his word and see his character. "If his people will turn their backs from their wicked ways then he is faithful and just to forgive them." Please turn your eyes towards Jesus now while he forgives. It is written that one day you will face him and the only thing left will be judgement.
Tina

Charleston, SC

#11 Dec 26, 2010
Good riddance!
Brian

United States

#12 Jan 30, 2011
I cannot believe what Im reading. Shame on all of you. May God have mercy on your souls. I will pray for your stupidity, you damn us all with your haughty ramblings. DEEP DOWN, you know better than this.
Deist

United States

#13 Oct 16, 2011
Oh gee Brian, did we upset your delicate Christian sensibilities? Put kindly, none of us need your brand of ignorance and control. Take your prayers and condemnation elsewhere because the garbage that you so gleefully spew is not wanted or needed. Christians who go out of their way to blame all of societies woes on unbelievers are prime cause of Christianity's downfall. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. You insult and degrade everyone then hide behind your faith and scream persecution when there's push back. As far as I'm concerned, Christianity in it's GOP sanctioned form can't die fast enough. Good riddance.

“WTF?”

Since: May 08

Leftists ruined my oatmeal!

#14 Oct 16, 2011
We have to stop the decline then, because religion is very usefull in keeping the peasants down.

Harken back to the Feudalist Europe of the Medevil era, when the VERY religious peasantry was told time & again by the clergy that god put the Kings on the throne, and god also put the peasants in the dirt because, well.... because, that's how god wanted it.

After being told this day in and day out, over time the peasants internalised it, to the point were if any one of them actually stood up and said "we would like something better..." they would be immediately & viciously attacked by th erest of the peasants, because to question their way of life was to question god's will.

It was taken like a greivous insult - the Kings didn't have to do anything, the peasants practically policed themselves into maintaining the way things were.

Now isn't it obvious that we need to go back to that?
LightForce

Warren, MI

#15 Oct 16, 2011
lulu hogg wrote:
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See my post above, I included atheists because, while we may not agree on "theology or lack of", most atheists I've spoken with have upright social and family morals parallel to my Catholic and mainstream Protestant friends.
Yes , you can definitely be a moral person without any knowledge of the Bible, and definitely without religion. The problem that I see is the lack of any standard of moral teaching in schools, at home, and in society. There is nothing to follow, and nothing to fall back on. Laws are constantly changed, and only a glimpse of what a majority in a democracy thinks is right for that moment in time. There are so many basic truths in the Bible, but these are not used only because it is the Bible. So we are losing all of that wisdom and knowledge, and that foundation for living only because society is saying "no" to religion. I believe that everybody can use the Bible even if they don't even believe in God. If you don't then you lose so much knowledge. We have lost our basic moral foundation in a large part because because of the lack of biblical knowledge. Nothing has, or can replace it.
Just Steve

Lakewood, OH

#17 Oct 16, 2011
As long as people fear death, religion will thrive. Gotta have that afterlife insurance policy. Sad, but all too true...
Joe Black

Chico, CA

#19 Nov 8, 2011
In the name of wrote:
... Let me ask where you were on September 11, 2001? I found it very revealing that people who are so brave to mock him were on their knees praying for protection...
Only brainwashed christians were on their knees. Everyone else was working hard to save whoever they could and clean the place up.

An Abrahamic religion flew planes into those towers. Another one then invaded two countries in anger.

911 showed us how insane religion is, and subsequently atheism has doubled in these last ten years, and many more have left the religion of their childhood.
Joe Black

Chico, CA

#20 Nov 8, 2011
LightForce wrote:
The problem that I see is the lack of any standard of moral teaching in schools, at home, and in society. There is nothing to follow, and nothing to fall back on.
uhhh...how about the Golden Rule?
LightForce wrote:
There are so many basic truths in the Bible ...
Like how to punish slaves, kill gays, kill anyone working on the sabbath, kill, kill, kill...

If there is an evil entity in the universe it surely wrote the bible.
Phil-Gray

San Jose, CA

#21 Nov 8, 2011
christians never die, they pass ther genes on to future genatrions.
Vivek Golikeri

Hollywood, FL

#22 Jan 31, 2013
lAA wrote:
It does not matter what religion a person is! The only thing that matter is their heart and relationship with Jesus Christ! RELEGION CAN GET YOU INTO HELL!
One man might SAY"OH I BELONG TO THE BAPTIST CHURCH, ANOTHER MAN SAY. OH, I BELONG TO A PROTESTIANTERY CHURCH, AND ANOTHER SAYS, OH I BELONGS TO THIS CHURCH!
It does not matter what church a person go to!
I dont care if you go to church 4 days a week, if you are not living holy before the lord and his angels, you will spend eternity in hell with satan and his angels!
GET RIGHT WITH GOD WHILE YOU STILL CAN PEOPLE! FOR TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT!
WHY CAE ABOU THE THINGS IN THIS LIFETIME AS THIS IS ALL THAT WILL EVER COME?
you go to either places when you die, heaven or hell! Make up your mind to the place you woul dlike to go now!
BULLS--T.

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