Religion and Philosophy

Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century

But traditional religion is being replaced with political religions and free-for-all occultic and/or conspiratorial beliefs. Nietzsche would have predicted as much. So would Dostoevsky.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

The proportion of Americans who consider themselves members of a church, synagogue or mosque has dropped below 50 percent, according to a poll from Gallup released Monday. It is the first time that has happened since Gallup first asked the question in 1937, when church membership was 73 percent.

In recent years, research data has shown a seismic shift in the U.S. population away from religious institutions and toward general disaffiliation, a trend that analysts say could have major implications for politics, business and how Americans group themselves. In 2020, 47 percent of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. The polling firm also found that the number of people who said religion was very important to them has fallen to 48 percent, a new low point in the polling since 2000.

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