Magazine June 14, 2021, Issue

America Loses Religion, Somewhat

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Religiosity waxes and wanes, and decline is not irreversible

Recent Gallup polls have shown American religiosity falling to new lows. For the first time since 1936, Gallup finds that a majority of Americans are not members of any religious body, a trend driven both by rising rates of irreligion and by the fact that just half of religiously affiliated Millennials report being a member of a specific congregation. Our society is becoming less religious, and religious people are becoming less attached to their communities. This change has been much discussed for years, with conservatives bemoaning the loss of religious morality and progressives often celebrating the emergence of a society

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Lyman R. Stone — Mr. Stone is a research fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, the chief information officer of the population-research firm Demographic Intelligence, and an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was formerly a market forecaster for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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