New Statistics on Religion

February 27th, 2008 | by Pete |

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has released a series of new statistics on the religious landscape of America:

  • Close to half (44 percent) of all Americans have changed religions or denominations at least once in their lifetimes.
  • Protestants now make up just 51 percent of the population, though the total Christian population remains as high as 78 percent.
  • Some 16 percent of American adults describe themselves as religiously “unaffiliated,” more than twice the percentage who say they had no religious upbringing.
  • In addition to contributing to religious diversity, immigration also augments the country’s church rolls, as 46 percent of foreign-born adults claim Catholic identity and 24 percent claim Protestant identity.
  • Tim

    Many now claim we live in a post-Christian era. These statistics seem to debunk that viewpoint.