In the age of Donald Trump as the savior of several denominations of Christian faith, a new study found that--while these groups are loud--they may no longer be a true majority.
Gallup published a poll that found only 50% of Americans confirmed that they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. This number is down from a peak of 76% in 1948.
This is Sad. But also an Opportunity if Christ Followers do “their job”!? Gallup: Number of Americans who belong t… https://t.co/Jh7G5M5qnI— ricky Gladfelter (@ricky Gladfelter)1555813224.0
The decline of religious affiliation https://t.co/JpBrvoU4rW— Daniel Silliman (@Daniel Silliman)1555682400.0
Gallup, a self-identified "global analytics and advice firm", found between the 1930s and the late 1990s, religion held steady at around 70%.
"The decline in church membership is consistent with larger societal trends in declining church attendance and an increasing proportion of Americans with no religious preference."
68% of millennials identify with a religion, while 29% do not. In all other generations, at least 79% have a religi… https://t.co/AEp1MWvzFC— GallupNews (@GallupNews)1555616705.0
Gallup: Number of Americans who belong to a church or house of worship plummets "...only half of Americans say the… https://t.co/ADQXHTDPOT— FloridaLine (@FloridaLine)1555645173.0
New Gallup poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years (from @AP) #religion https://t.co/Vx6y8V7n2T— David Crary (@David Crary)1555589139.0
On #Passover and #Easter weekend it is a relevant time to examine religious practices in the US. A new Gallup poll… https://t.co/CAql5p1at8— Lauth O'Neill Agency (@Lauth O'Neill Agency)1555683714.0
This isn't good: "being part of a house of worship is no longer seen as essential for a growing number of religious… https://t.co/D9DhIVV689— Ruth Graham (@Ruth Graham)1555593262.0
The downturn and rapid deceleration in Church membership comes from a couple of things.
For one, the people who identify with no specific religion has gone up. For another, the amount of people who do identify specifically have not identified a church to which they belong.
"Church membership has dropped among all generational groups over the past two decades, with declines of roughly 10 percentage points among traditionalists, baby boomers and Generation X."
Now if only more of them participated in voting.... https://t.co/vdmjr3ADDQ— Mario (@Mario)1555730402.0
This huge drop in membership in a religion seems to be as much political as it is cultural https://t.co/7feWEuAdtT via @csmonitor— Spiritually Speaking (@Spiritually Speaking)1555630400.0
"[The] steep decline in church membership is notable and suggests a “growing disaffection with organized religion,… https://t.co/hwQ42cH5sn— Aaron Johnson (@Aaron Johnson)1555616462.0
"Yup. And their response is to merely double down. Can't change the religion or god's word, right…" — Randy503 https://t.co/OyY3P8inkd— decourseydave (@decourseydave)1555604178.0
Am I the only NOT surprised? When the most vocal proponents of religion spew hate for so long, it should be no surp… https://t.co/bgA5yUTXZ4— JB (@JB)1555598957.0
More millennials than any other generation in particular do not align with a specific religion.
Church attendance has dropped more among Catholics than any other denomination of Christianity. With the rise of the destructive religious right, churches face eroding confidence in their institutions.
Simply put, people--in particular, millennials--very strongly distrust the church and are choosing to step away from it as a result.
“Membership in a place of worship has been stable among Mormons (near 90% ...) over the past two decades” While ot… https://t.co/zxmyqWoiO3— Conflict Of Justice (@Conflict Of Justice)1555598679.0
For anyone who has studied this decline, it's very sad and it's been happening since the mid to late 1960s. There… https://t.co/6anvRTmsqD— Brad Shumate (@Brad Shumate)1555598388.0
Evangelical leaders have soured people on organized religion. Between them and the Catholic church scandals, it h… https://t.co/59wiMhXLQS— Ed Danger #BoycottNRA#FBR#TrumpResign (@Ed Danger #BoycottNRA#FBR#TrumpResign)1555624071.0
@Pmccrsp @SenSchumer No wonder Americans are giving up religion according to a new Gallup Poll. They’re finally fig… https://t.co/bqpB7k0uh4— Bluedog (@Bluedog)1555598199.0
A new Gallup report finds that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down fro… https://t.co/tn5pjwVRX8— Desair (Brown) Shaw (@Desair (Brown) Shaw)1555596039.0
Between the Catholic Church scandals, pastors claiming gay people like Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are an "abomination," children witnessing divorce and entering into mixed-religion marriages, the sense of community no longer seems to hold an allure.
The numbers may keep dropping with Generation Z, who in this moment are by and large too young to poll and get a complete set of data from.
But stay tuned to see how Americans' relationships with organized religion will continue to change.