Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

RNG

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Jan 2015
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Anecdotally I was sure this was happening, but this is the first hard data to back it up. And the rate of change is surprisingly high.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018.

U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.



https://news.gallup.com/poll/248837/church-membership-down-sharply-past-two-decades.aspx
 
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I could show you dozens of abandoned protestant church buildings within a 20 mile radius of my home. We have 3 Catholic churches in the area, and they are all now served by a single Priest who rotates between them each week to perform Mass. The nearest Jewish synagogue to me is about 40 miles away. I don't know how attendance is there. I've only been there once, and that was decades ago.
 
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It probably has to do with the availability of the internet.

The last time I checked there was no significant drop off in the amount of people self-identifying as Christian so it's not that there are less Christians now.

Something is just keeping them from hanging out in a church.

Maybe they fear being shot to death by a liberal terrorist.
 
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It probably has to do with the availability of the internet.

The last time I checked there was no significant drop off in the amount of people self-identifying as Christian so it's not that there are less Christians now.

Something is just keeping them from hanging out in a church.

Maybe they fear being shot to death by a liberal terrorist.
You keep shooting yourself in the foot.

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Oct 2011
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#5
Anecdotally I was sure this was happening, but this is the first hard data to back it up. And the rate of change is surprisingly high.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018.

U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.



U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
So much Christian Winning! It will keep dropping too. I was raised Catholic but common sense has prevailed. Religion is a hoax. The biggest scam perpetrated on mankind.
 
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It probably has to do with the availability of the internet.

The last time I checked there was no significant drop off in the amount of people self-identifying as Christian so it's not that there are less Christians now.

Something is just keeping them from hanging out in a church.

Maybe they fear being shot to death by a liberal terrorist.

Dylann Roof WASN'T a fucking liberal. Neither was Devin Kelley. It's the CONSERVATIVES shooting up our churches !!!
 
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I could show you dozens of abandoned protestant church buildings within a 20 mile radius of my home. We have 3 Catholic churches in the area, and they are all now served by a single Priest who rotates between them each week to perform Mass. The nearest Jewish synagogue to me is about 40 miles away. I don't know how attendance is there. I've only been there once, and that was decades ago.
And many more are on the brink. The young are staying away in droves and I am barely hanging on. I did not go his morning.
 
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johnflesh

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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.
This makes sense. I'm not getting that people are less religious, just attending church less. FYI.
There is so many functional churches in my city you can visit a different one each week.

The only thing that I don't like about this trend is churches represent a coming together, networking and friendly meetup. It isn't just for worship.
 

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