America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times
April 7, 2021
For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 -- down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%.
Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the future?
"The decline in church membership," the Gallup report says, "is primarily a function of the increasing number of Americans who express no religious preference." In 2000, Americans who didn't consider themselves religious at all comprised 8% of the population....