October 10, 2012
33 Million "Nones" in America
Pew reports one in five Americans now has no religion.
New numbers from The Pew Forum indicate religion is losing ground rapidly in America--particularly among the young. Here's CNN's report:
Ed Stetzer offers a few remarks on the numbers on his blog:
First, we continue to lose what some have called our home-field advantage. On a growing basis, identifying oneself as a Christian is not a means to societal advancement but can actually be a means to societal rejection.
Second, the "squishy middle" is collapsing. Nominalism will go its way. I believe the future of Christianity in North America will look more like the present-day Pacific Northwest, as I have explained here.
Third, and finally, it is still a vast overstatement to see this as a collapse of the Christian faith in North America. The reality is that evangelicals have been relatively steady as a percent of the population over the last few years, however there is still great cause for concern here-- and for action.
Read Stetzer's full post here.