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As Protestants decline,
those with no religion gain

USA Today, by Cathy Lynn Grossman,

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Posted By:crabam, 10/9/2012 10:04:04 AM

For decades, if not centuries, America's top religious brand has been "Protestant." No more. In the 1960s, two in three Americans called themselves Protestant. Now the Protestant group -- both evangelical and mainline -- has slid below the statistical waters, down to 48%, from 53% in 2007. Where did they go? Nowhere, actually. They didn't switch to a new religious brand, they just let go of any faith affiliation or label.
Headline split, source corrected by staff


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Reply 1 - Posted by: happy conservative, 10/9/2012 10:16:17 AM     (No. 8920086)

That's what public school indoctrination does to a nation.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Michaelus, 10/9/2012 10:17:57 AM     (No. 8920091)

Isn't no religion the whole point of protestantism?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pilot222, 10/9/2012 10:22:35 AM     (No. 8920103)

It only took 70+ yrs but Justice Black finally got what he wanted!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: awen, 10/9/2012 10:24:42 AM     (No. 8920109)



I am not religious. I have a relationship with the living God. I hate labels, but if I were to be pigeoned into a box, it would be Protestant.

Calling yourself something and walking it are two different things. I do not think there are any less followers of Jesus - I just think those who don't have a problem with saying they don't anymore has grown.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: vulcanrider, 10/9/2012 10:33:29 AM     (No. 8920134)

FTA "They didn't switch to a new religious brand, they just let go of any faith affiliation or label."

This is exactly the point. There are no less followers, just those that won't be stuck into a group or even a specific church. I'm no less religious than I once was, but I know what I believe and don't want someone trying to categorize me or force me to identify with any particular group.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Evocatus, 10/9/2012 10:33:58 AM     (No. 8920137)

It is not a case of people "with no religion."

For the most part it is a religion of irreligion.

It is not a case of zero religion; it is a case of -100 religion.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: J Wayne, 10/9/2012 10:36:07 AM     (No. 8920145)

Well, when something is constantly moved by the culture and the latest and greatest fad, it's hard to be "in the world but not of it." At some point, calling yourself a protestant seems silly when there is almost no difference between you and the "non-believers."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rather Read, 10/9/2012 10:40:48 AM     (No. 8920158)

I know ever so many "spiritual but not religious" people. I'm a Catholic. I am proud of it and will be one till I die.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena, 10/9/2012 10:53:52 AM     (No. 8920198)

The question should be about faith, not religion.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 10/9/2012 11:04:15 AM     (No. 8920227)

I think it is because the main line Protestant churches have become too liberal.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: montanabound, 10/9/2012 11:22:54 AM     (No. 8920305)

I agree - the mainline churches that became all about ''social justice'' lost members.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: trapper, 10/9/2012 11:40:16 AM     (No. 8920358)

As I read the article I was reminded of Reagan's comment about the Democrat Party, to the effect that he didn't leave the party, the party left him. What with liberation theology, gay marriage, gay ordination, "reimagining" projects bordering on goddess worship, church-endorsed environmentalism bordering on pagan earth worship, perhaps some Christians have fled their churches to save their souls.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 10/9/2012 11:40:34 AM     (No. 8920361)

A friend of mine is a Catholic deacon. He did a study when he was in college a couple of years ago.

In conservative parts of the country -- especially the south -- the numbers of Catholics are growing in leaps and bounds. His current parish in Austin has grown so much over the last decade that they had to add masses to keep the existing masses from overflowing every weekend. If the economy ever recovers, they are going to build a huge new sanctuary.

But in lie-beral parts of the country -- especially the northeast -- Catholic numbers are dropping like lead. And most of the Catholics that are left are definitely in the ''cafeteria'' variety.

I have a cousin who is a Church of Christ preacher. He left the northeast because the few old people left in his church were passing away far faster than new people were joining. But when he came back to Texas, the two churches he has been affiliated with are growing so fast that they don't really have a clue how to keep up (which is a wonderful problem to have).

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Reply 14 - Posted by: msjena, 10/9/2012 11:44:53 AM     (No. 8920375)

Evangelical churches are growing, too. These churches are non-denominational I would bet that many people in these churches consider themselves just Christians, rather than Protestant Christians.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Muncssister, 10/9/2012 11:58:51 AM     (No. 8920431)

Ditto #8. I find great comfort in being a part of the Catholic Church. It's big, it's old and it (gasp!) has rules. Yes, it's flawed. But Jesus knew it would have flaws when he handed it over to a human, Pope Peter.

There is nothing wrong with having a label and wanting to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I don't have all of the answers and neither does the Vatican, but it's nice to know that they are there to teach me about Christ and help me navigate this world in a way that will help get me to the next one. Walking into a Catholic church is like walking into your home. No matter where you are in the world, no matter how desperate things may be, you can walk into a Catholic church and find the feeling and traditions of home. It's wonderful.

Posted from my iPhone, please pardon any typos.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 10/9/2012 12:36:47 PM     (No. 8920571)

Along with mocking organized religions the progressives also alter history by conflating deism with atheism.

The Founding Fathers included a number of "deists" and none of them (unless you count Thomas Paine) were likely atheist.

Like the terms "gay" and "happiness," the word "deism" had a much different connotation in the late 18th century than it has today.

Rudyard Kipling nailed it in his poem, "In The Neolithic Age" --

"There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, And every single one of them is right!"

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Reply 17 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/9/2012 1:05:43 PM     (No. 8920751)

We are to accept premises drawn from unverifiable numbers, within the margin of error? Who are they? Seems vague for profound conclusions.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/9/2012 1:15:15 PM     (No. 8920778)

Yea, like the Muzzies.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SemperParatus, 10/9/2012 2:22:11 PM     (No. 8920961)

Years of appeasement to the malcontents. Years of allowing them to dominate the conversation in the public square. Years of hearing them whine whilst normal citizens were busy working and raising a family.

And we are supposed to be surprised by this finding?

The answer to this calamity is clear. But it will take households to voice their opinion. Another option is to put the major universities out of business; find a local college, study elsewhere.

Has anyone taken a good look at what resembles college students these days?

Semper Paratus

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Reply 20 - Posted by: AppleAnnie, 10/10/2012 5:12:29 AM     (No. 8922150)

#15 So well put. On a Spring Sunday in 1966, I was living with medical students from London Hospital, Anglicans. They gave me directions to a nearby Catholic Church, St. Boniface's in Whitechapel which served a German speaking congregation. So, after strolling through Jack the Ripper territory I slipped into in a pew, blessed myself and tried to collect my thoughts.

Here I was, an American girl in London, attending a Latin mass and about to hear a sermon in German. It felt wonderful because I was home.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: AppleAnnie, 10/10/2012 5:18:31 AM     (No. 8922153)

Forgot to add a link. I didn't realize the historical significance of St. Boniface's at the time.


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