The term “post-Christian” gets tossed around a lot these days, but usually in reference to Europe. The fact that within two generations that part of the world, once known as Christendom, has abandoned Christianity, is well known. But surveys and polls have consistently shown that the vast majority of Americans are religious, and predominantly Christian.
In 1990, when asked to state their religion, 8% of Americans answered “none.” That statistic seemed so absurd at the time that the poll was criticized as unreliable and inaccurate.
Not any more.
Last week the results of the American Religious Identification Survey were released. Amazingly, now a full 15% of Americans answer “none” when asked to state their religion. In fact, the “Nones” now outnumber every religious group in America other than Catholics and Baptists. The percentage of Catholics has increased slightly, mainly as a result of Hispanic immigration. But every Protestant denomination lost ground in the last 18 years, as did Jews. The percentage of Mormons is unchanged over the last 18 years, while the number of Muslims has doubled. And 2.8 million Americans identify themselves as Wiccans.
The entire story, with some interesting graphics, is here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-03-09-american-religion-ARIS_N.htm
Unless something changes soon, we can expect America in another generation to look like Europe today.
That is a fact that we should all accept as a challenge.