I was reading an article in Newsweek in the April 13, 2009 issue. The article was entitled “The End of Christian America“. This article quoted statistics from a survey done called “American Religious Identification Survey” or ARIS. It is a survey was collected from 54,461 respondents across the US. There were some trends that I think I personally think are disturbing.
The fact that the number of total Christians has decreased from 86.2% of the population in 1990 to 76.0% in 2008 worries me. And it is not because people are moving to different forms of religion, they are moving to No Religion. In 1990 8.2% said they did not believe in a religion, and in 2008 it is now 15%. The percentage difference is made up by the a 3% increase in people who refused to take the survey. Our society is not moving to different religions, but are moving to wards Atheist and Agnostic views.
There were a couple of other interesting points the survey also illustrates. Even though the population says they are 76.0% Christians, only 69.5% of the population that there is a personal God.
Muslim has the highest number of 18-29 year olds and the lowest 50-69 year olds as members.
The LDS Church has a higher demographic of 30-49 at 40% than any other age group of its members.
The LDS Church has the highest married couples than the other religions with 68% of its membership married (no wonder they were such big supporters of Prop 8 in CA).
There has also been an increase of College Graduates 25 and over in all the religions. The LDS Church has increased from 22% to 31% from 1990 to 2008.