Merry Christmas to everyone!
As the decade comes to a close, Christianity continues to decline in the US according to the polls from Pew.
Apparently, a decade ago, 77-78% claimed to be Christians but now at the end of 2019 only 65% do. The religious unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic, or none) jumped from 16-17% to 26%.
I’m pretty shocked that 65% of people in this country still claim to be Christian. I could be falling for the over-representation of anti-Christian bias in the media, universities, etc, but based on how people live in their everyday life and even the ones in Church I am scratching my head at this number.
What appears to explain it is that there is apparently little change in the attendance of Churches from 2009 to 2019:
- 46 -> 44% weekly or more
- 17 -> 18% once or twice a month
- 19 -> 20% a few times a year
- 13 – 12% a few times a year
- 5 -> 6% never
Given the stats, it’s much more likely to say that in 2009, virtually all Christians who attended weekly or more and once a month (46 + 17 = 63%) and most of the few times a year (19%) claimed they are Christian. 63+19 = 82% where 77-78% claimed to be Christian. Now, it seems like only those attend weekly or more (44%) or once and twice a month (18%) are claiming to be Christians. 62% vs 65%.
The people who attended a few times per year stopped claiming they were Christians between 2009 to 2019. This is to be expected as being a Christian becomes a much more negative thing. It’s also a good thing for Christians as now more people who were claiming to be Christian aren’t living how they want and showing a incorrect hypocritical example to the rest of the world. The light shines brighter in the darkness.
In another decade as Christianity becomes much less popular, we might see only the weekly or more (44%) claim they are Christian. I suspect the actual number is much lower as many in the Church use it not for Christ but as a social club or to absolve themselves from living how they want the rest of the week.