Gallup: Church Membership Down 20 Percent in 20 Years
Recent Gallup polls appear to reflect and confirm the ‚Äúsecularization thesis‚ÄĚ in the United States: Church membership and religious affiliation among all demographics is falling precipitously. On Thursday Gallup reported that since 2000, church membership in the United States has fallen, modestly at first but accelerating recently. Twenty years ago, 70 percent of Americans said they were members of a church or a synagogue. Today, said Gallup, that has declined by 20 points to just 50 percent. Said Gallup: ‚ÄúThe decline in church membership is consistent with larger societal trends in declining church attendance and an increasing proportion of Americans with no religious preference.‚ÄĚ
The decline among Millennials (born 1980-2000) was equally drastic. Twenty years ago, 62 percent of Generation Xers belonged to a church, while among Millennials today just 42 percent say they belong to a church.
This helps explain why the Catholic Church in the USA is not opposing the flood of immigration from Mexico and Central America. They figure they are mostly Catholics arriving, so they will help keep their membership up. You can check your local Catholic church's list of service and find several in Spanish. But in Italy, a cardinal wrote a book recently opposing immigration, because in Europe it is mostly from Africa and mostly Moslems. The irony was that this stands in opposition to the Pope's statements. Another reason why church attendance is declining? Maybe technology--it makes everything custom, to order, like your music choices. No longer do people listen to radio stations to hear their favorite songs come up--they create their own 'playlist' online and listen to that. They don't wait for news items on a health issue to appear in their local newspaper but just go to various websites specific to that issue. So, why would they bother going to sit for an hour or more in a place where they don't know what will be told them, they can't sing the songs (hymns), they can't talk back, and they can't even complain about what was told them for that hour, or about the music. And then they are told to give ten percent of their gross income to that group operating that bldg!
This is an interesting story on many levels, and "WP" has picked out a couple---what churches are being discussed. I would guess that the Roman Catholic Church is included since it is the largest one in the US, and Baptists (in their wide variety, both black and white), make up the second. Those who post here might not feel comfortable attending any one of these churches included here, so what we say may reflect our own church membership--is our church growing? I think Gallup is better at this than the news item that appeared a while back about 'nones' being the largest group, more than Catholics. But, I hate to say this because I did post a comment distrusting that news item because the study's author is a political science prof, not a sociologist. Why is church membership declining? 1. younger people are educated by liberals who like to point out all the foibles and failings of 'Organized Religion.' The news media and entertainment industry continue this line of attack. They make 'going to church' seem like something weirdos do, something that would make them get ranked in the American Psychologist Assoc. Manual as insane (whereas, 30 yrs ago, sodomites were in that manual as sick in the head).
I think that there is a distinction on who are members , to what church. I believe that gospel preaching, bible believing people go to church. And people who are inclined towards a political means of influence will not. As to millennials, many do go to a church, study the Bible and evangelize where they are. The decrease might be due to not being interested in church, overwhelmed by, work, sin and life altering behavior, which causes people to think twice as to belonging to a church. Plus, education, the media and social media has restructured the population into becoming hermits.
Anton wrote: May I ask Mr. Lincoln are you a liberal?
Since many of us go way back with Jim, let me answer the question you posed. Jim calls himself an independent. But here are some things we know and he won‚Äôt even argue about. He unapologetically voted for Obama. He said that Hillary was a paragon of virtue when compared to any of the republican candidates, but then claims he didn‚Äôt vote for her. He believes that universal healthcare is a strong moral issue and that it will actually reduce the number of abortions.
I personally believe he is into black liberation theology, but he has never admitted that. He speaks against homosexuality to a degree, but the fact that he voted for Obama casts some doubt about that.
David Crary wrote: .... David Campbell, a University of Notre Dame political science professor who studies religion‚Äôs role in U.S. civic life, attributed the partisan divide to ‚Äúthe allergic reaction many Americans have to the mixture of religion and conservative politics.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIncreasingly, Americans associate religion with the Republican Party - and if they are not Republicans themselves, they turn away from religion,‚ÄĚ he said....
excerpts from, "Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years"
The emphasis on either political party should be considered toxic, https://tinyurl.com/hbtgqek (Politically Incorrect?) for any Christian