Changes in Religion in the United States

Changesin Religion in the United States

Changesin Religion in the United States

Accordingto the extensive survey by Pew Research Centre, the number ofChristians living in the United States is decreasing, while thenumber of those people who do not identify themselves with anyorganized religion is increasing. However, these changes are acrossall religious landscape, and it affects all regions, as well asdemographic groups. For instance, the research shows that, in aduration of seven years, the percentage of Christians adults hasdropped by an estimate of 8.2%, from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014(Wormald,2015).Conversely, the number of Americans who do not affiliate themselveswith any religion, that is, the agnostic and atheist, has increasedby 6.7%, from 16.1% to 22.8%, over the same period. Additionally, thenumber of Americans from non-Christian faiths, Hindus and theMuslims, has increased by 1.2%, from 4.7% to 5.9% over the sameperiod.

Generationalreplacement is one of the factors that have led to declining ofChristians share and the growth of “none” share. As themillennial generation get old, its members stop affiliatingthemselves with any religion. The research shows that 36% of youngadults between eighteen and twenty-four percent are religiouslyunaffiliated (Wormald,2015).Moreover, older adults are disavowing from religious associations.Switching of religion is another reason that causes these changes.Some Americans do not associate themselves with any religion, yetthey were raised in a religious faith and vice versa.

Sofar, the meaning and the function of religion have not changed.However, there are many denominations in Christianity.Correspondingly, the evangelical stability is appealing becauseevangelicals hold their ranks to a greater extent compared toProtestants and Catholics. Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses,evangelical and black Protestant churches say there is a conflictbetween living in a modern society and religion. Additionally, peoplewho attend religious service more often or consider religionsignificant in their lives believe tension exists, and vice versa.


Wormald,B. (2015, May 12). America`s Changing Religious Landscape. RetrievedOctober 06, 2016, from