Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study found in its poll released Tuesday more and more Americans are becoming less and less religious, and fewer nowadays are attending church and participating in daily acts of prayer than in past survey years.
Specifically, the share of adults in America who still profess belief in God fell from 92 percent in 2007 to 89 percent in 2014. But as the Associated Press reported, the level of believers in America is still high in comparison to other industrialized nations.
By the numbers: The level of all U.S. adults who say they’re “absolutely certain” God exists fell from 71 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2014, and the number of Americans who pray every day and attend church regularly has fallen, as well.
Young people, in particular, are losing their religion, with only 39 percent saying they pray every day. Only half of those born between 1990 and 1996 are “absolutely certain” God exists, compared to 71 percent of those born between 1928 and 1945, the so-called “silent generation,” AP said.
“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.
But it’s not all gloom and doom.
As Pew Research Center writes: “Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. … But the Pew Research Center study also finds a great deal of stability in the U.S. religious landscape. … Among the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who do claim a religion, there has been no discernible drop in most measures of religious commitment. Indeed, by some conventional measures, religiously affiliated Americans are, on average, even more devout than they were a few years ago.”
Interestingly enough, the political atmosphere of recent years is driving some of the non-belief among the younger sect.
“The idea of Republicans not believing in global warming is contributing to the notion that religious people are not intelligent,” said Orianna O’Neil, a student at Beloit College, speaking to the poll results, AP reported.
The Pew polls from 2007 and 2014 both surveyed more than 35,000 adults and had margins of error of less than one percentage point.