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What do you make of America getting less Christian and less religious?

What do you make of America getting less Christian and less religious? Topic: New america research
May 22, 2019 / By Aeron
Question: Even though some politicians claim America is a "Christian nation," the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantly in recent years. New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points, from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent. At the same time, Pew’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study found that the number of people who are religiously unaffiliated -- either atheist, agnostic or simply “nothing in particular” -- has grown by more than six percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/12...
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Thane Thane | 6 days ago
People are better educated than they used to be and less likely to sheepishly follow someone else's teachings without carefully examining them. It's really a positive sign.
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Thane Originally Answered: I'm a christian and over the past couple years I've wondered why they still call America a christian nation?
The United States has *never* been a "christian nation. The founders created a secular, constitutional republic, with separation of church and state, and freedom of (and from) religion. It's values were derived not from some "holy" book, but from British Common Law, which predated the "introduction" of christianity to Britain. I challenge you to read the U.S. Constitution, and find anything in it about creating a "christian nation." Hint: don't get "facts" about history, American or otherwise, from christian Websites. The U.S. Constitution mentions religion only in the negative: no religious test for government employees, no government-imposed religion. The founders understood that the imposition of religion is antithetical to individual liberty and freedom. There can be no freedom of religion if anyone is allowed to impose their religious beliefs on others. The Declaration of Independence is often mentioned by those claiming the U.S. is a "christian nation," however, the Declaration is not *the* founding document, or even *a* founding document. The U.S did not exist at the time of the writing of the Declaration. The United States was created when the U.S. Constitution was ratified, and *it* is the *only* document that counts. - - - http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_... [Excerpt] "We continually hear how this nation was founded as a 'Christian' nation and that our forefathers certainly intended that the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States be enshrined. Nothing could be further from the truth. This argument is not new, Jefferson and the other founders wrestled at length with this question. And luckily they were literate men and wrote down their thoughts and discussions." * * * http://www.exmormon.org/mormon/mormon179... [Excerpt] "Among the Founders were Deists, Unitarians and those who merely hoped for a life after death, the latter admitting that no physical evidence existed to prove eternal perpetuity. "Many of the Founders were religiously unorthodox. Some had religious views that were doubtful or ambiguous. Others detested organized religion. "Some hated Christianity." * * * http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summe... [Excerpt] "A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, 'No more than 10 percent-- probably less-- of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations.' "The Founding Fathers, also, rarely practiced Christian orthodoxy. Although they supported the free exercise of any religion, they understood the dangers of religion. Most of them believed in deism and attended Freemasonry lodges. According to John J. Robinson, 'Freemasonry had been a powerful force for religious freedom.' Freemasons took seriously the principle that men should worship according to their own conscious. Masonry welcomed anyone from any religion or non-religion, as long as they believed in a Supreme Being. Washington, Franklin, Hancock, Hamilton, Lafayette, and many others accepted Freemasonry." * * * http://www.nobeliefs.com/Tripoli.htm [Excerpt] "The United States Constitution serves as the law of the land for America and indicates the intent of our Founding Fathers. The Constitution forms a secular document, and nowhere does it appeal to God, Christianity, Jesus, or any supreme being. (For those who think the date of the Constitution contradicts the last sentence, see note 1 at the end.) The U.S. government derives from people (not God), as it clearly states in the preamble: 'We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union....' The omission of God in the Constitution did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather out of the Founding Fathers purposeful intentions to keep government separate from religion." * * * http://www.goatstar.org/were-the-founding-fathers-christian/ [Excerpt] "The primary leaders of the founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists including: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen, James Monroe" * * * http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/quotes_founders.html [Excerpt] "Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind." - John Adams' * * * What Do You Know About The Separation of State and Church? [Quiz] http://www.ffrf.org/quiz/ffrfquiz.php .

Preston Preston
The difference between 76 and 70 % is almost undetectable. Yeah, technically the country is less religious, but the reality says otherwise. It seems merely to give the Christians a chance to argue persecution. It doesn't seem to have don much to change the lives of the people, nor to do anything to restore the reputation of a country known by many throughout the world as a nation of gun toting fundamentalists. Keeping crazy cousin Earl out in the woodshed would do the best to repair that reputation. Instead, more and more the US is parading the religious right as something to be proud of, rather than rightfully ashamed that 40 % don't even accept such basic science as evolution.
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Malachai Malachai
1) I think it might have been unavoidable. 2) I do not think it's common for Christians in America to have a healthy sense of what Christian living is really supposed to be about. I cannot overstate that reality. 3) Christians have adopted a moralistic attitude when it comes to doing God's will. Their focus is on morality, as though that was something to impress God with. It's become the most important thing a Christian is to show as far as "fruit of the Spirit" goes. So they miss out on the fruit they could otherwise grow. The "weeds" have grown thick, and they are unaware of it. They think they are right on.
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Jephthah Jephthah
Right now the worst enemy of christianity is the christians. There are too many loud, bigoted, and hateful ones running around. Those are the ones doing the harm. People are seeing these guys and saying they do not want to be a part of a group that allows them to operate.
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George George
It is about time that America became less Christian and less religious - religion causes far, far more problems than it does any good.
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George Originally Answered: How can a Christian be against homosexuality on religious grounds?
Christians who are abiding in Christ, who have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb... aren't religious; But they also have been washed clean from those sinful past actions, so wouldn't be a homosexual anymore. Wren, No one is in the lake of fire yet. The first ones in are the beast & false prophet. But those who choose to be the devils messengers after rejecting Jesus Christ shed blood for their redemption, go to a hell. And that isn't the lake of fire. So Kathrine is bogus. I write this because I started reading her book but started feeling a spirit associated with the book that was a different spirit. After prayer, the Lord told me her lord wasn't the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who died on the cross of Calvary. And told me not to read it anymore. So I prayed about the book with sisters in the Lord. In the unity of the Spirit, the Lord confirmed that her book is bogus. She has a different Jesus. Because of certain things in the book brought to our mind Just to let you know.

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