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The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). is out, and it says the nation’s Christian influence is continuing to fade.  In fact, the third largest religious segment in our society today is “none.”

Since the survey was first done in 1990, the number of Catholics has been cut in half and Baptists have lost a quarter of their number.  Mainline protestant churches (Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) are down 90%.

“It looks like the two-party system of American Protestantism–mainline versus evangelical–is collapsing,” said Mark Silk, director of the Public Values Program. “A generic form of evangelicalism is emerging as the normative form of non-Catholic Christianity in the United States.”

The fastest growing segments, in terms of percentage gowth are Muslims, Wiccans, and self-described “pagans.”  The largets of those, Islaam, has doubled in size, up to .6% of the population.Mormons are holding steady at 1.4%.  Ethnic Jews are still 1.2% of the population, but religious identification and attendance is down from 3.1Million to 2.7Million.

Overall, only 76% of the US considers itself Christian in the traditional sense.



References (the report itself)