Protestants Are Now A Minority in America

According to a fascinating study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Protestants now make up only 48% of the US population.  This marks the first time in history that the majority of Americans have identified with a religious affiliation other than Protestant denominations or no affiliation at all.  According to the Pew Study, the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christian has plunged from 78% to 73% in the last five years — and nearly all of that loss has occurred among Protestants.  The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Protestants has dropped from 53% in 2007 to 48% this year. Conversely, nearly all of those who have left the Protestant faith have replaced it with no faith at all; the number of Americans who now describe themselves as “Unaffiliated” has grown from 15.3% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2012.  The percentage that identify themselves as Catholics has remained steady at 22%.

There appear to be several factors that have led to this decrease in faith in America, including the replacing of the most religious generation — “the greatest generation” (those born from 1917-1934) — with the least religious generation (those born from 1990-1994).  It is also instructive that 70% of those that now describe themselves as “unaffiliated” believe that churches and other religious organizations are too focused on money and power, while 67% believe that churches and other religious organization are too involved in politics.

To read the entirety of the Pew Forum’s fascinating study, please click here:

About David Davies, Editor-in-Chief

David Davies is the Editor-in-Chief of Media Rostra. He is also a lawyer and a licensed minister, so he is basically distrusted by everyone on some level. He received his Political Science degree from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arkansas, a former "good athlete for his size," and current owner of The Law Offices of David Davies, PLLC -- an Estate Planning and Elder Law firm that has offices in Arkansas and Tennessee. He co-authored, with fellow editor, Aaron Brooks, the article entitled: “Exploring Student-Athlete Compensation: Why the NCAA Cannot Afford to Leave Athletes Uncompensated," in the University of Notre Dame’s Journal of College and University Law.