The Importance of Religion in the Lives of Americans is Shrinking

NPR reports that in a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, the importance of religion in the lives of Americans is on the decline.

I say, Good.”

The report, titled Religion and Congregations in a Time of Social Upheaval,” surveyed more than 6,600 adults from all 50 states. Despite the deep political divides in the U.S., the majority of churchgoers — 56% — do not believe their own church is more politically divided than five years ago.

Deckman says that this could be due to sorting that has already taken place: People tend to affiliate with congregations that align with their political beliefs, in part to avoid conflicts they experience in broader society[…]

Participation in houses of worship continues to decline, according to the study. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they seldom” attend religious services, and 29% of respondents said they never” attend religious services. A decade ago, those figures were 22% and 21%, respectively.

It can’t hit 0% soon enough.

May 16, 2023

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