James Emery White rocked the Christian world in 2014 with The Rise of the Nones. No, it’s not a horror movie about some Catholic sisters who try to take over the world. It’s a book about the increasing number of people who check “none” on the religious preference form in the US census. When asked if they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever, more and more American’s are simply saying: “None of the above.”
No religious affiliation:
1940 : 5%
1990 : 8%
2008 : 15%
2012 : 19%
2014 : 23%
The curve is much steeper if we only measure adults under 30 (36%). The curve is even steeper in Europe. In the UK, for example, 66% of 18-24 year olds say they have no religion whatsoever.
This is not just because of immigration either. 20% of Americans now consider themselves “former Christians.”
The Barna group decided to do a more thorough study, considering people’s actions and and beliefs. In 2013, they found that 37% of Americans were Post-Christian. Just two years later, in 2015, that number had jumped to 44%. Not only are we losing ground every year, but the pace of our decline is also increasing exponentially.
The Church of the Nazarene mirrors this trend. ...Read More