The changing face of Christianity in America

A study released on Sept. 6 by the Public Religious Research Institute notes that almost every Christian denomination in the US shows signs of growing diversity as white Christians, once the majority in most mainline Protestant and Catholic denominations, give way to younger members, who tend to be of different races.

The study titled “America’s Changing Religious Identity” and reported on the Religion News Service website (Sept. 6, 2017), notes that Americans are continuing to move away from organized religion altogether, as atheists, agnostics and those who say they do not identify with any particular religion — the group known as the “nones”  — hold steady at about one-quarter (24 percent) of the population. However, the report goes on to state that even though atheists and agnostics account for about one-fourth of all the religiously unaffiliated, 16 percent of the unaffiliated identify as “a religious person.”

The report also notes that the Catholic Church is headed south. A majority of Catholics now live in the American South (29 percent) or West (25 percent). That’s a reverse from four decades ago, when 7 in 10 Catholics lived in the Northeast or the Midwest.

For the entire RNS report, click here.