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Survey: Americans switch faiths early, often
Google | AP ^ | 4/27/09 | Eric Gorski

Posted on 04/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker

The U.S. is a nation of religious drifters, with about half of adults restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during their lives, a new survey has found.

And the reasons behind all the swapping depend greatly on whether one grows up kneeling at Roman Catholic Mass, praying in a Protestant pew or occupied with nonreligious pursuits, according to a report issued Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

While Catholics are more likely to leave the church because they stopped believing its teachings, many Protestants are driven to trade one Protestant denomination or affiliation for another because of changed life circumstances, the survey found.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; american; faiths; religions; spiritualjourney; switch

1 posted on 04/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

My wife says her Mom was a member of the Religion of the Month Club.


2 posted on 04/27/2009 12:56:57 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: LibWhacker
Americans may change doctrinal churches like most people change socks, but they don't often leave the Christian FAITH. There is a difference and the un-churched writer failed to grasp the nuance!
3 posted on 04/27/2009 12:59:30 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: LibWhacker

Wow, at least once during their lives...

Startling...

It’s interesting how curious about religion the liberal institutions are. I’m sure they’re just trying to instill renewed support for religion.


4 posted on 04/27/2009 1:00:19 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: LibWhacker

Doesn’t matter what team you play for, as long as you’re in the game.


5 posted on 04/27/2009 1:00:39 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: LibWhacker

...restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during their lives...


No anti-faith bias in the “restlessly” word, is there?


6 posted on 04/27/2009 1:02:16 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Typical "Rightwing Extremist")
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To: April Lexington

“Americans may change doctrinal churches like most people change socks, but they don’t often leave the Christian FAITH. There is a difference and the un-churched writer failed to grasp the nuance!”

Exactly. They said people change because of “changed life circumstances.” That happened to us. We attended a Presbyterian church before we moved...now we go to a nearby Methodist church because it’s more convenient.

Point us, we’re still practicing Christianity....which is the whole point. Not which building you’re in.


7 posted on 04/27/2009 1:02:43 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: DoughtyOne

Yep, half are “restlessly switching” — once every 70 years, lol!


8 posted on 04/27/2009 1:03:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Slapshot68

Amen. And Jesus is only worried about his Universal Church of believers anyway...


9 posted on 04/27/2009 1:03:45 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington

Good point!


10 posted on 04/27/2009 1:05:21 PM PDT by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: LibWhacker

“The survey found that Catholicism has suffered the greatest net loss in all the religion switching. Nearly six in ten former Catholics who are now unaffiliated say they left Catholicism due to dissatisfaction with Catholic teachings on abortion and homosexuality. About half cited concerns about Catholic teachings on birth control and roughly four in ten named unhappiness with Catholicism’s treatment of women.”


It seems like the Pew folks are mostly making this about Catholics. Perhaps because it’s the largest institutional threat to socialist government.

I should note that the people who left the Church are LIBERALS. And I’m not sure what’s the deal with “treatment of women.” What, they’re not permitted to serve as priests? That’s mistreatment? Did these gals who departed wish to become priests?


11 posted on 04/27/2009 1:06:43 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Typical "Rightwing Extremist")
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To: DoughtyOne
"It’s interesting how curious about religion the liberal institutions are. I’m sure they’re just trying to instill renewed support for religion."

I think this explains a lot of it...


12 posted on 04/27/2009 1:06:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LibWhacker

To be technical, I guess you could even say Jesus changed religions. When I mentioned to my kids recently that Jesus was Jewish, my wife chimed in, “He wasn’t a Christian?”


13 posted on 04/27/2009 1:10:26 PM PDT by SFR
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s certainly too close to the truth for my comfort.


14 posted on 04/27/2009 1:10:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: LibWhacker

It shows a true level of ignorance to describe movement within orthodox Christian denominations as “changing faiths.” The essentials of the Christian faith revolve around the deity of Christ and His saving and redeeming us. The remainder of the trappings of the various Christian churches involve preferences of worship modes and doctrinal distinctions.

Changing faith would be movement from orthodox Christianity to the Mormonism, Judaism, Islam and Atheism.

While the different Christian denominations may look like war to outsiders in reality it is just sibling rivalries or some other family squabble.


15 posted on 04/27/2009 1:14:27 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: April Lexington

>>Americans may change doctrinal churches like most people change socks, but they don’t often leave the Christian FAITH. There is a difference and the un-churched writer failed to grasp the nuance!<<

Yup. I hold no alegence to any particular “church organization”. I am Christian and feel relatively comfortable in any “christian” church.

My best friend wrote a book on the Church in the US called “And no religion, too”. Frankly I agree with a lot of what he said:
http://edwardgoblebooks.com/
A footnote on the book:

The organizational arrows of the Western Church all point in. We have become so accustomed to focusing our ministry efforts internally that we are no longer culturally relevant. We have left the shaping of the culture to an irreligious society that is happy to watch us spend God’s resources on sprawling campuses and programming while they quietly shape the culture and remove God’s name from public discourse.”


16 posted on 04/27/2009 1:17:38 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: April Lexington

Agreed. It’s a poorly written headline, as usual. A statement like “people change denominations...” would be more accurate, because few of us ever leave our Christian faith.


17 posted on 04/27/2009 1:19:08 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Slapshot68

In my experience, there is plenty of wandering back and forth between Presbyterian and Methodist but it doesn’t mean anything from a religious belief perspective.


18 posted on 04/27/2009 1:21:40 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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Some mainline Protestant churches have radically transformed themselves over the last 100 years, so it isn’t always so much a Protestant shopping around for a new church to fit comfortably with his personal beliefs but his search for what may have disappeared entirely from his existing church to be replaced by happy-talk, social networking, and PC prayers. It is the tradition of Protestant denominations from their beginning for new denominations to spring up one after another, flourish and then fade, replaced by a yet new version. One Church alone endures, sometimes in spite of itself.


19 posted on 04/27/2009 1:21:54 PM PDT by Coyote Choir
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To: Beelzebubba

Even the title’s propaganda: Americans switch religions early and often? What, when they’re seven years old, and then again once every year thereafter? The survey actually says, half of them switch denominations at least once (I’ll bet very few switch two or three or more times). Half never switch. So where does the AP get “early and often?” Sheesh! Satan’s little liberal helpers are so transparent it’s pathetic.


20 posted on 04/27/2009 1:22:13 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

ITA. How does half switching “at least once during their lives” translate to “early and often”?

And “restlessly” to boot!


21 posted on 04/27/2009 1:41:35 PM PDT by Gummi Bear
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To: LibWhacker

“About half of those who have become unaffiliated cited a belief that religious people are hypocritical, judgmental or insincere. Large numbers said they think religious organizations focus too much on rules, or that religious leaders are too focused on money and power.”

What a mix of legitimate and illegitimate reasons.

1) “Religious people are hypocritical”. This could mean two things. First the obvious, that they do not practice the core beliefs of their religion. But it can also mean that the critic wants rigid adherence by others in the less important trappings of religion.

2) “Religious people are judgmental”. Again, two things. Either that they profess and practice strong moral rules, ignoring trendy and fashionable moral relativity; or that they condemn the sinner as much as the sin.

3) “Religious people are insincere”. This is a valid criticism of those of say they are of a religion, but do not follow its tenets or guidance, religious in name only. Many Americans have this problem, and belong to the Santa Claus and Easter Bunny church as their only religious affiliation.

4) “Religious organizations focus too much on rules”. A criticism by people who don’t like to follow rules other than their own. This is the choice of agnostics, but who still want their children baptized, and to get married in church.

5) “Religious leaders are too focused on money and power”. This has always been a balancing act for religion. While they usually need some money, it is easy to get caught up in greed. And power is easier to shun when you live in a just place, and your congregants are not oppressed, or there is great injustice.


22 posted on 04/27/2009 1:48:31 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: April Lexington
Americans may change doctrinal churches like most people change socks, but they don't often leave the Christian FAITH.

Bingo!

23 posted on 04/27/2009 1:58:33 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: April Lexington

My dad, my sister, and my niece have left the Catholic Church and converted to Judaism. My step-mom is probably next.


24 posted on 04/27/2009 2:20:27 PM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: coop71

This is very interesting. I’d love to know what motivated them. Thanks.


25 posted on 04/27/2009 9:01:35 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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