Monthly Archives: May 2015

New Pew survey of American religious landscape

I’ve been skimming through the Pew Research Center’s latest survey data on Americans’ religious affiliations. There’s more to be said, but here are a handful of striking highlights:

* There are now more “nones” in the U.S. than there are Catholics.

* The percentage of American who are mainline Protestant is now smaller than the percentage of Americans who were “nones” seven years ago.

* All three of the biggest Christian categories are declining: evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics. The evangelical decline is least sharp: 1 percentage point as contrasted to about 3 points for Catholics and mainline Protestants. Nevertheless, the Why Conservative Churches Are Growing era is over–a finding which I confess to find an occasion for schadenfreude.

If you want the actual numbers, here’s a partial picture of the current American-religions pie. In other words, here’s a list of the percentage values (rounded off) for the biggest religious categories in the survey:

25% Evangelical Protestants
23% “Nones” (Report no religious affiliation)
21% Catholic
15% Mainline Protestant
  6% Non-Christian religions

Read more about the survey results here.