March 11, 2009

Who's the Fastest Growing Religious Group in the US?

Would you have guessed Mormons?
Mormons have increased in numbers enough to hold their own proportionally, at 1.4 percent of the population.
What about Muslims?
The Muslim proportion of the population continues to grow, from .3 percent in 1990 to .5 percent in 2001 to .6 percent in 2008.
Baptists, of course?
Baptists, who constitute the largest non-Catholic Christian tradition, have increased their numbers by two million since 2001, but continue to decline as a proportion of the population.
Then it must be the New Age folks, like the Wiccans?
Adherents of New Religious movements, inc luding Wiccans and self-described pagans, have grown faster this decade than in the 1990s.
“The percentage of Americans claiming no religion, which jumped from 8.2 in 1990 to 14.2 in 2001, has now increased to 15 percent. Given the estimated growth of the American adult population since the last census from 207 million to 228 million, that reflects an additional 4.7 million ‘Nones.’ Northern New England has now taken over from the Pacific Northwest as the least religious section of the country, with Vermont, at 34 percent ‘Nones,’ leading all other states by a full 9 points.

‘Many people thought our 2001 finding was an anomaly,’ [Ariela] Keysar said. We now know it wasn’t. The ‘Nones’ are the only group to have grown in every state of the Union.’”
The Nones? Yes, that's right, the Nones according to the American Religious Identification Survey from only a few days ago . So it could be very possible that:
"It looks like the two-party system of American Protestantism--mainline versus evangelical--is collapsing," said Mark Silk, director of the Public Values Program. "A generic form of evangelicalism is emerging as the normative form of non-Catholic Christianity in the United State s."
What to do in the flood of change, abandon the sinking ship, repair the ship, or build something else that'll float in the flood waters?


Adam said...

I don't know about you but I'm putting in all my chips with the Baptists.

Let's win this war!


I think this is really interesting stuff. I need to check out the full results - thanks for the link. I had only read the USA Today article.

Adam said...

This comment might not have been too nice either...

I like Baptists.

JoeBumbulis said...

And this comment made me laugh, the first one I mean.