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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:06 AM

Gallup: U.S. church membership dips below 50% for first time

Source: Axios

47% of Americans said they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque in 2020, down from 50% in 2018, according to a Gallup poll out Monday.

Why it matters: It's the first time in the eight decades that Gallup has tracked the trend that a majority of Americans do not belong to a church.

The trend has dovetailed with an increasing number of people who say they are not religiously affiliated.

Membership at places of worship was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937. It stayed near that range for six decades before starting to dip in the 21st century.



Read more: https://www.axios.com/church-membership-gallup-26cc020b-5405-417a-a786-e10c286a30db.html

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Reply Gallup: U.S. church membership dips below 50% for first time (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 29 OP
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:08 AM

1. Can I get an "Amen"?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:00 AM

30. Heh!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:07 AM

36. Indeed!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:23 AM

44. More Americans

say they believe in God, but are unaffiliated with a religion. Or they are religious, but not in an organized way. Look at the rightie religions. They are a big turn off. There is a Christian Left that is very unlike repub Christians.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #44)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:21 PM

81. "There is a Christian Left that is very unlike repub Christians"

Why doesn't the MSM news ever interview those Christians?

https://www.redletterchristians.org/

Like the Red Letter Christians....ie.. they want to focus on the red letters in the bible. The ones that Jesus actually said. Makes sense since they use one of his names in the name of their religion.
Things like "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and "turn the other cheek" and "love your enemies", and "love one another". As well supporting distributing food to those that need it, loaves and fishes for all. Helping the poor. Not stigmatizing sex trade workers, as Jesus did with the harlot at the well. Chasing the money changers out of the temple. I always think of the mega church pastors living luxury lives.

Making the bold statement that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than a rich man getting into heaven. And with the caveat that a good first start would be to sell all they own and give it to the poor. Many stories in the New Testament that reflect left wing values. In fact, its a sham that the right managed to corner that market, simply on a few hot button issues that Republicans milk hard. When the general just of Jesus's teachings reflecting compassion, empathy, help for the poor, all people are equal etc...reflect the left's platform.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #81)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:58 PM

91. Sorry, you can't distribute loaves and fishes to people who are in line to vote. n/t

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:44 AM

51. Amen.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:21 PM

66. Another Amen


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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:51 PM

73. Hallelujah, pass the Tylenol!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 08:24 PM

90. Amen!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:12 AM

2. Is it any wonder?

Hard core “traditional” religions seem to be increasingly out of touch with modern life.

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:58 AM

53. They're out of touch with life, period.

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #53)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 01:49 PM

77. True but ...

 

... delusion is relative, and there are many varying degrees


humans are still an extremely primitive species ... the best and brightest are still only a few thousand years out of loincloth, a few hundred years out of illiteracy, and a few decades out of witch burning and slave lynching ... and that's only among those who are not still practicing any of the above or any of the following

-- god delusion
-- devil delusion
-- angels delusion
-- daemons delusion
-- ghosts delusion
-- spirits delusion
-- fairies delusion
-- elves delusion
-- gobblins delusion
-- leprechauns delusion
-- afterlife delusion
-- reincarnation delusion

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:20 AM

3. I'm go to a Buddhist church but I would answer "no" to this question becausee

when I think of church I think of the one I grew up in and the one I went to in college - and that is a big fat NO now. But we are called a lay church and we have ministers. Then again we are very small too.

I think they call it a church because there are no monks or nuns. Otherwise it would be a Temple I believe.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:01 PM

61. I think you would be a 'yes' to this question.

You attend regular events in an organized religion.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:22 AM

4. Progress.

The non-religious number is actually much higher if you include the people who say they are "affiliated with a religious institution" but rarely attend. I.E the Christians who only go to church on Christmas Eve and Easter, and the Jews who only go to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:25 AM

5. This

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:26 AM

6. The make believe offered by religion is out of step with the stark realities

most people face in their lives.

People need REAL solutions, not the racist BS dreamed up by ignorant goatherds centuries ago.

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Response to Sibelius Fan (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:37 AM

13. Exactly!

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Response to Sibelius Fan (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:01 AM

32. Snap!

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Response to Sibelius Fan (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:00 PM

60. Yep!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:27 AM

7. My husband. He can come up with such unexpected gems.

I read the headline, "U.S. church membership dips below 50% for first time."

His response, "Of course. They were all out assaulting the Capitol."

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:31 AM

8. Perfect!

Love his response!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:49 AM

19. Good one!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:54 AM

25. Give that man a hug

Really.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:57 AM

27. Approve.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:55 AM

26. LOL!

SO true.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:07 AM

37. Love it!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:42 AM

59. Yes, please thank him from me for the chuckle.

Spontaneous quips are often the best humour.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:33 AM

9. Evangelists in most part......

have forgotten about "love thy neighbor".

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Response to Lovie777 (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:49 AM

18. They've forgotten everything Jesus said.

They only remember his name. They are the primary reason why I reject religion wholly. But other religions don't help. The only religion I see in any positive light is Buddhism.

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Response to apnu (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:00 AM

54. And HH The Dalai Lama has said Tibetan Buddhism is not a religion.

I understand exactly what he means... and agree..

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:33 AM

10. "Light at the end of the tunnel." "Yes! There is a god, and he hates religion!" nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:34 AM

11. It took me 60+ years to evolve from organized religion to humanism.

And, I met a lot of disgruntled Christians along the way.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:36 AM

12. Thank goodness.

a good trend indeed!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:38 AM

14. Going to a Church 'building'

is not even in the top 5 reasons how to worship God.

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:44 AM

15. "top 5 reasons how to worship God" lulzd.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #15)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:03 AM

34. yah. I don't have enough

faith to be an Atheist. Sorry

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:14 AM

40. We refer to it as the "edifice complex".

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Response to niyad (Reply #40)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:22 AM

43. Lol

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:35 PM

83. Not being able to go to a "church building" I thought would have an effect

I was thinking when churches were first ordered not to have parishioners in many parts of the country, that it would have unintended detrimental effects on attendance when it opens up again. That a lot would be put into a position to see the forest for the trees. That it would break that dependency. Break the weekly endorsement of their beliefs, not being able to mingle and echo each others dogma.

At the very least the ones who were already on the verge of leaving the religion, will use the forced break from the fellowship with like-minded, to make a clean break from the building.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:46 AM

16. Excellent, then it's time to take away their tax exempt status.

Why give an irrelevant, and increasingly political minority such privilege? The IRS needs to remove their tax exempt status when they start telling their sheep how to vote..

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:11 AM

38. Tax exemption for individuals tithing should be removed.

If there is a charity they participate in connected with the church then that should be allowed. But the charity should be kept separate from church operations.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:47 AM

17. Rightfully so. Too much extremism out there centered on religion...nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:50 AM

20. Now That's 'Good news' to me.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:50 AM

21. At 7 years old I concluded organized religion was crap...

Mom made us go to church each Sunday, sing in the choir, be acolytes to light the candles, etc. Once day it all hit me.

The passing of the offering plate, then hearing that the pastor had just returned from a trip to a warm place with a handful of connected church people. After church walking to the car I heard several of the people just in the church singing hymns talking nasty about others, then they all raced to the one exit from the parking lot, trying to get out of there as fast as possible, cutting each other off, beeping, a few fingers.

That day as a young boy I realized it was all a bunch of phony BS. Good people are good people, no matter what they believe or don't believe as far as religion goes. Same for bad people.

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Response to Jon King (Reply #21)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:57 AM

28. I was about five. Same day I figured out the Santa scam,

I figured out the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and God.

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Response to Jon King (Reply #21)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:39 AM

47. Had the same overall experience

I just saw through it for about as long as I can remember. One, when I was about 12, a preacher was going door-to-door and I was home alone. He spent about a half hour haranguing me (despicable I realized when I was older) but I never gave in to his plea to come to his church. In college, reading Weber, I got the reasons why religion developed the way it did, and it had nothing to do with goodness. It's just, as you write, BS.

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Response to Jon King (Reply #21)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:26 PM

67. I've been atheist since before I learned what the word means

And at no time in my memory did organized religion not seem self-evidently ridiculous to me.

Organized religion has one purpose and one goal only: to amass and maintain financial/political power.

Literally everything that organized religion does is in service of that goal.


I don't understand how anyone can fail to see this obvious and endlessly demonstrated fact.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:52 AM

22. Republican/Nazi morons are in churches. Can religion be any more meaningless.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:52 AM

23. Great news!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:54 AM

24. Very encouraging news.

The massive increase in religious corruption is slowly becoming obvious to the general public.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 09:57 AM

29. Now tax them at 95% retroactive to 1776.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:01 AM

31. After my dad died when I was 12, there was no chance they were ever getting me. I'm still

grateful I wasn't indoctrinated as a little kid before I learned to think for myself. That's why they are so desperate to get forced prayer into schools.

Their superstition was made up by people that didn't even know to wash their hands after they took a shit. Now there are good lessons in their books, but even those were nothing new 2000 or so years ago. All of it was a system of controlling people already around for a few more thousand years. It was just a new package.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:02 AM

33. Yeah!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:04 AM

35. I wonder how accurate this is, I know many religious people who would say they don't go to "church"

Because they associate "church" with some big building dedicated to worship of a major branch of Christianity, be it Protestant or Catholic.

But they go to a church what's in some basement or storefront or living room of some preacher and not organized in any way like, for example, the Methodists.

I don't think these small renegade "churches" would count as "places of worship" in a measurable way.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:12 AM

39. I'll be damned ...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:19 AM

41. CBR - Cash Based Religion is now a major part of organized religion.

CBR - Cash Based Religion is now a major part of organized religion.

Faith is secondary as a useful tool..

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:19 AM

42. This might have some political implications

considering how many people vote according to what their church tells them

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:28 AM

45. I'm going in the opposite direction

I never belonged to a church since I was 7 years old, then joined UU in 2013. My first real church (or Fellowship or whatever you want to call it lol)

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #45)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:08 PM

64. I'm an outlier too

And officially joined an independent Jewish congregation last August, during the pandemic!

I'd been attending their services for several years and love the people in that community, but I'm not a joiner. They went on zoom last March and I've been attending weekly services all year. I decided to join to show my commitment to the community and congregation, aware that membership numbers were dropping across the US.

Back in 2016, after the election, I decided to start attending services again and to stop working on Saturday so I could be more observant. That was my reaction to 45 and his racist agenda. The local synagogue my parents belonged to was theirs, didn't feel right for me even though I know most of the people. The one I joined is about 35-40 minutes away and feels like home. They have a very active social action committee.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #45)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:26 PM

82. same here

Raised Catholic and joined a UU Congregation in 2010. It's interesting to be a confirmed agnostic and check off "yes" to a question about church membership!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:29 AM

46. never thought it was even that high

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:40 AM

48. The full Gallup report still calls the US a religious nation.

The report says that 7 in 10 of us affiliate with an organized religion, even though fewer have actual church memberships. I do not believe we should be called a religious nation. We are a democracy, with a set of secular laws that govern how we operate as a country. Religion should have no role in government policy, especially when it claims that laws should be based on a particular religion, as white evangelicals do.

The decline in church membership is not surprising. Fewer people want to hear white evangelical pastors preaching white supremacy and racism, hatred for LGBTQ, demonization of women for having sex before marriage and for having abortions, hatred for immigrants (unless they’re white), or insisting that conservatives need to wage a civil war to get rid of all the liberal policies they don’t like.

The white evangelical support for Donald Trump was a mystery to most everyone, but they saw an opportunity to push their agenda for religious nationalism and their favorite victimization trope of their loss of religious freedom (i.e., the freedom to persecute immigrants, discriminate against women and people of color as well as all LGBTQ, pass laws criminalizing the behavior of LGBTQ and women who have abortions, etc.).

While the religious right complains that they are persecuted and blames liberals and Democrats for the decline in religious participation, they should first look in the mirror at their own behavior. It is their blatant hypocrisy in saying they believe in Christian principles but behaving in a manner that is hateful—and un-Christ like—toward women and minorities. The evangelical right traded their right to respect for political power when they chose to worship Donald Trump for what he could give them instead of following the Christian values they claim to hold but fail to demonstrate.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:43 AM

49. Considering what they are preaching

This is no surprise. As you educate your citizens, the sense of believing in some invisible sky fairy lowers. Worked for me.

And growing up sort of Catholic, the priests abuse cases pilling up year over year recently convinced me to stop too. Shame!

Tax the Churches

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:43 AM

50. Wondering if the decline in affiliation is uniform across denominations.

Is this equally the case with Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, etc.?

My gut reaction would be to assume higher decline among Evangelicals. During Trump's reign, both their leaders and the most vocal rank and file have totally discredited themselves iby disregarding the basic principles of their faith in favor of a certain political agenda.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 10:52 AM

52. They're used to be a lot of social pressure to be a part of a church or religious institution.


For sure in the south it was that way. “Where do you go to church” was a common question if you moved to a new community or met someone new. With a very mobile society (until Covid!) we are more mixed with folks from various places. As time as gone on, it has become less common to have a “church home”. People are more apt to spend a Sunday out doing family activities, or fishing or golfing, picnicing, mowing the lawn...etc.

It is nice to meet someone new and not have them assume you are religious or “belong” to a certain well known Big Box Church.

Things are changing in the US. Maybe it reflects more education. More willingness to put aside things that don’t matter any more or are not important in your life. They need to ask more questions when they survey /and maybe they do but don’t report in their short synopsis of the results. There are reasons for the change and churches would love to know how to entice people back. If it can be done ...... they’ve tried adding Family Life Centers, modern music and ENTERTAINMENT. I don’t know what they need but the hypocrisy of preaching one thing but doing another ain’t cutting it any more.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:06 AM

55. I think these two stories go together . . .

Ammon Bundy has amassed an army of over 50,000 as he looks for his next battle in a religious war.

https://www.rawstory.com/ammon-bundy/

Like their white majority, Bundy and his ilk feel their religious dominance slipping away.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:07 AM

56. how many died because of moron church leaders telling them that...

covid is a hoax or that god will cure them?

reap what you sow and all that.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:12 AM

57. Thank God!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:14 AM

58. Not sure why Bronze Age messages are not resonating today?????

Maybe if God wasn't such a misogynist?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:04 PM

62. "belong" to a church is not the same as attending services.

I think people are still answering this question untruthfully.

if I go to the Cathedral once a year for Easter or Xmas Services, I wouldn't say I "belong" to that church, or the RCC.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #62)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:26 PM

68. regardless of your concern, the poll question has been asked for decades

and the responses are declining as indicated.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:07 PM

63. Membership is bolstered

Many people continue to stay in a church because of family or societal pressure.

I remember when I actually withdrew my membership. Such a sense of freeing.

Never looked back.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:09 PM

65. Excellent!!! n/t

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:33 PM

69. I'd like to know the actual number of Atheists in the U.S.

All the polls I see say no religious affiliation, but in that, they include atheists, agnostics and people who believe Sky Daddy exists but don't follow any specific dogma.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:35 PM

70. Great news. I hope it keeps dropping

as people abandon Bronze Age fairy tales.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:45 PM

71. And The Walls Didn't Fall Down!

The whole crux of most organized religions is if you don't follow the rules the primary Deity will immediately strike you down as punishment. This should be an example that the sky did not fall when the majority of folks walk away or no longer believe.

Personally, I still hope there is some form of heaven. I'm pretty much convinced that if their is a higher power/being/God it doesn't seem to care much whether folks do right or wrong.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 12:49 PM

72. Thank you, Jesus

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 01:22 PM

74. Gee whiz. I can't imagine why...

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 01:32 PM

75. But those regularly attending had long been at 40%, and slipping

It's probably no more than one third now.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 01:43 PM

76. I Am Not A Christian I Am A Follower Of Christ's Teachings

And far too many churches are the GOTV machine for the Nazi / Klan Republicans.

Sorry, not interested.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:00 PM

78. Interesting, I guess

But this is not 1937.

The population a few years later (1940) was 132,164,569. So, at most, 96 million were churchgoers; take out children, and that number drops.

And religious observance at the time was, I think, fairly conventional, with "mass" religion events consisting of traveling tent revivals.

Also, while certain (so-called) religious leaders made their vile voices rise above the rest - the one that comes to mind is Charles Coughlin - those numbers were relatively small and the means of communication relatively limited.

The population today is 331,002,651. That translate to - again, at most -165,501,325; take out the children for more accurate numbers. (That data is out there, but I'm too lazy to search for it.)

Plus, communication and political influence are much changed from 1940.

All of that said, I think it's an interesting drop in percentages, and one would hope that that figure will be used to make some very valid points about the overly significant role that religion plays in our politics.

One more, maybe related, point. A few years ago I read that pure-bred (that's a joke) whites will become a minority around 2040. I think that's great, and 2040 is not all that far away.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:01 PM

79. Boy! Sure missed that one...

Figured the thread to be about how corona has knocked down

church attendance. Which would be good since gatherings like

that used to be wrong..For a while the local newspaper had

a separate column for infections from church gatherings...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 02:14 PM

80. Sweet Jesus in Heaven!!

Or as Chevy Chase said in Christmas Vacation: "Hallelujah! Holy Shit!!"

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 04:59 PM

84. Half of us got what we prayed for: getting rid of Trump!

Thank you, god!

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 05:33 PM

86. When church pastors choose to worship Trump over God....time to go. nt

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 06:11 PM

88. Probably when Trump replace Jesus, I guess that was enough.

The pillow man says that Trump will be resurrected to the Presidency come August, so not sure if Trump is the Christ or he is Lazarus.

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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 07:20 PM

89. This is bad news, and I'm being VICTMIZED!

Unless more people in this country accept Odin as their supreme god, we're no longer going to be a favored nation and he will punish all of us! Even believers like me!

We've already seen him use Thor to punish us with hurricanes and tornadoes!

That's why I must always convert others to the true way! We're all doomed otherwise! And I'm the victim!



(Sound familiar? Except for different religious beliefs espoused by Pat Robertson and the like?)

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