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Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says
Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012

Posted on 10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT by NYer

NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

Among the reasons for the change are the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion. The Pew study, released Tuesday, found that about 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the last five years.

Scholars have long debated whether people who say they no longer belong to a religious group should be considered secular. While the category as defined by Pew researchers includes atheists, it also encompasses majorities of people who say they believe in God, and a notable minority who pray daily or consider themselves "spiritual" but not "religious." Still, Pew found overall that most of the unaffiliated aren't actively seeking another religious home, indicating that their ties with organized religion are permanently broken.

Growth among those with no religion has been a major preoccupation of American faith leaders who worry that the United States, a highly religious country, would go the way of Western Europe, where church attendance has plummeted.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: protestant; secular; trends; unchurched; wasp

1 posted on 10/09/2012 1:52:07 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Pope Benedict XVI has partly dedicated his pontificate to combating secularism in the West. This week in Rome, he is convening a three-week synod, or assembly, of bishops from around the world aimed at bringing back Roman Catholics who have left the church.

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2 posted on 10/09/2012 1:53:17 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer; FatherofFive

I could be wrong but I beleive that we Catholics still make up the largest single “denomination.”


3 posted on 10/09/2012 1:57:15 PM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: verga

Of course you do, especially with the growing Latino population, although it should be noted that less Catholics are practicing nowadays. Look at how many vote Dem.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 1:58:43 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: verga

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the world’s largest Christian church, with more than one billion members worldwide. It is among the oldest institutions in the world and has played a prominent role in the history of Western civilization.

With more than 77.7 million registered members, it is the largest single religious denomination in the United States, comprising 25 percent of the population. The United States has the third largest Catholic population in the world, after Brazil and Mexico.

-—wiki


5 posted on 10/09/2012 2:01:21 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Viennacon

Catholics have a support network for illegals in the US.

Look at the demographics, Southern Baptsts are also targeting Latinos. There are free English classes at a church near me.


6 posted on 10/09/2012 2:02:50 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: NYer
"...the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant,...."

Huh, this study claims "nondenominational" equals "non-Christian?"

How absurd, nondenominational merely means non-denominational Christians not being Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Baptist, Assembly of God or Catholic, etc.

This is nonsense at its highest. Have these people a grasp of the English language. Non-denominational is simply that, it doesn't take one out of the category of Christian as opposed to Jew or Muslim.

I think that whomever put this poll together is trying to justify Obama's claim that "America is no longer a Christian nation!"

7 posted on 10/09/2012 2:06:42 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: TigerClaws

This article really surprises me. Our SBC churches here are having major building campaigns to add new buildings, flat screen TV’s, simulcast broadcasting of sermons to satellite churches, and lots and lots of programs, not to mention the gymnasium’s and ice cream socials! You mean....the programs and all of this are NOT working!???

</sarchasm>

Maybe, just maybe, one should get back to preaching Jesus Christ, instead of hey...we have a great church and children’s program.

(Lord, forgive me, please, for my attitude!) ;)


8 posted on 10/09/2012 2:13:17 PM PDT by I_Publius
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To: zerosix
"...the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant,...."

Huh, this study claims "nondenominational" equals "non-Christian?"

No, the article says "Protestant" not "Christian."

(And I can find no support for the article's statement in the original report: http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Unaffiliated/NonesOnTheRise-full.pdf.)

9 posted on 10/09/2012 2:19:02 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: zerosix
UGH!!! Note to self: never click on "post" especially when having one to many coffee's this late in the afternoon!

Intended to be writing "protestant" in stead of "Christian," as I know scads of "non-denomination folk" whom definitely believe themselves to be "protestant" just not equating themselves along with a specific denomination!

These believers could in no way qualify themselves as Catholic but merely not choosing a specific Protestant denomination with which to align themselves. Many attend the "Evangelical Free" church and even Church of the Nazarene, others coming out of main line Protestant congregations. They definitely not Mormons, who do not claim the protestant label.

10 posted on 10/09/2012 2:19:07 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

Mormons are not Christians, it is it’s own, unique non-Christian, (actually anti-Christian) religion, it is not involved in discussions among Christians.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 2:32:00 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: zerosix
It is true that a lot of people are confused because Mainline and Evangelical Protestants are usually counted separately.

But if 51% of Americans considered themselves Protestant -- of whatever sort -- in 2008, and the percentage of agnostics and atheists each increased by about 1% and the percentage of Don't Knows and Nothing in Particulars taken together increased by two percent since then it's possible that a minority of Americans are Protestant nowadays.

I don't know what churches or faiths are Christian but not Protestant (or Catholic). Orthodox? Jehovah's Witnesses? Adventists? Pentacostalists? Reconstructionists? And -- in the spirit of open debate -- Mormons?

12 posted on 10/09/2012 2:41:33 PM PDT by x
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To: NYer
Gee... what did the KING OF KINGS have to say about this? If we are going to consider what makes a CHRISTIAN A CHRISTIAN... shouldn't we consult CHRIST?

Matthew 18:20

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

That makes it PERFECTLY clear to me.

LLS

13 posted on 10/09/2012 2:46:26 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: NYer

This “study” is crap. Another ‘advocacy journalism’ strategy to divide and conquer Christians of differing denominations.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: zerosix

BINGO!

LLS


15 posted on 10/09/2012 2:48:03 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: zerosix

BINGO!

LLS


16 posted on 10/09/2012 2:48:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: verga
I could be wrong but I beleive that we Catholics still make up the largest single “denomination.”

I am glad you qualified with quotation marks. Technically, the Catholic is not a denomination as it is the original church.

17 posted on 10/09/2012 2:50:32 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
Study is wrong. Nondenominational people are largely Protestant.

They are orthodox in belief but not Catholic...they are Protestant.

18 posted on 10/09/2012 3:08:18 PM PDT by what's up
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To: NYer

...but still a massive majority in heaven.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 3:17:18 PM PDT by bramps
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To: ansel12
That is my clear thinking about Mormons, considering all of their past statements, however, today, they claim, "We are Christian too."

While Mormon teachings and past statements by not only their founder but other LDS Presidents, so I don't consider them Christans and they, themselves, claim they are Restorationists and yes, other sects such as Jehovah's Witnesses and others are also not only not Protestants but not Christians as well.

20 posted on 10/09/2012 3:30:15 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

Yes, and all Christian denominations agree about Mormonism, it isn’t based on my own sense of theology.

The Orthodox, the Protestants, the Catholic church, all are on the same exact page on Mormonism.

Here is the Catholic view: “”Mormons say that Christ came to teach the truth, but that it was lost when the Apostles dispersed. No one had the truth for over 1800 years until God saw fit to enlighten Joseph Smith in 1823 (that is why they baptize all the dead people who missed out). Besides their strange historical mis-accounts, Mormons also have a warped theology.

Mormonism teaches that we are all children of God the Father, and that we were first born in Heaven as spirits. Like all people, these spirits come down to earth to inhabit the bodies of babies just being born, where after they grow, learn, and return to God. During this “compression” into the infant state, the memories of their pre-existence are “veiled.” Even God was once a Man like ourselves who evolved into a god.

By following all the rules and ordinances of God here, Mormon men and women have the potential of also becoming gods (by first becoming a good Mormon, paying a full ten percent tithe to the Mormon church, and follow various laws and ordinances of the church). “As god once was, man is. As God is, man may become” (Joseph Smith’s words). Mormons believe that there are many worlds and many gods. Each god is similar to God the Father, having the same powers and omnipotence, and even being able to create their own worlds. “Heavenly Father” is only the name of the god who rules over this world.””


21 posted on 10/09/2012 3:38:07 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: NYer
Technically, the Catholic is not a denomination as it is the original church.

Not true.

http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/Catholic.html

22 posted on 10/09/2012 3:44:12 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Okay so I go to a nondenominational church which packs in 700 plus a week. We all consider ourselves evangelical protestants... this article seems like a very foolish characterization of what it means to be a protestant.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 3:45:32 PM PDT by pithyinme (Smiling Joe Biden... too dumb to sell used cars ... to lazy to steal them.)
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To: zerosix
How absurd, nondenominational merely means non-denominational Christians not being Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Baptist, Assembly of God or Catholic, etc.

Most non-denoms claim to be non-denominational, when you study their basic beliefs you find that the vast majority of them tilt/ lean Baptist. After the brouhaha between the SBC and TBC and some of the bad press of women pastors and homosexual unions many took a step or two back from the label "Baptist" and now either call them selves "Bible" or Non-denom.

24 posted on 10/09/2012 4:36:00 PM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: NYer
I am glad you qualified with quotation marks. Technically, the Catholic is not a denomination as it is the original church.

I am well aware of that, but as you can see from reply 22 many prots get bent out of shape when you confront them with facts.

25 posted on 10/09/2012 4:40:53 PM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: SVTCobra03; NYer; FatherofFive
Cobra if ytou are really interested in the truth please look at this site: http://www.catholic.com//

For the record I am a revert Catholic. I left for quite a while and then came back after a through study of history.

26 posted on 10/09/2012 4:44:47 PM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: pithyinme
I go to a nondenominational church which packs in 700 plus a week. We all consider ourselves evangelical protestants... this article seems like a very foolish characterization of what it means to be a protestant.

I agree - I have no idea where the article got "nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant" ... as I said, I find no support for that in the Pew report.

27 posted on 10/10/2012 8:50:23 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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