Fewer Americans are Christians

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Fewer Americans are Christians
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Mon, 03-09-2009 - 3:42pm

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/03/09/us.religion.less.christian/index.html


People who call themselves Christian in the USA is down to 75%, from 86% about 15 years ago.


33% of Americans consider themselves Evangelical, and Trinity College says that groups such as Focus on the Family and the affiliation of the "religious right" with the Republican party are causing people to reject Christianity.


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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:06am

And Wicca/Witchcraft is the fastest growing:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/267495

Witchcraft Growing Faster Than Religion's Big Three

<The religion of the witch trials becomes religion of the future with the membership exploding, according to experts. This is bringing consternation to believers in the Big Three of faith.

One expert claims that the number of Wiccan experts is doubling every 30 months. A recent book entitled "Generation Hex" by author Marla Alupoaicei declares that it will be the third largest religion of faith by the year 2012. This explosion of membership in Wicca has come about because of social estrangement, loneliness and the need to belong according to Dillon Burroughs co-author of the book. Although the West Coast and Salem, Massachussets is experiencing the most rapid growth, groups can be found all over the country, including the South and Mountain states. >>

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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 5:02pm

An article to this effect also went around my community's egroup, and we had a bit of a discussion as to what kind or kinds of Wicca, or if the survey was based on the standardized forms we all fill out at hospitals and such, which often says something like "Pagan/New Age/Wiccan," which is about the same as having one category titled "Jewish/Christian/Muslim/Monotheist" in broadness of proverbial brush ;)




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"'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word, and love dares you to care for the people on th
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 9:48pm

I'd be annoyed if my religon defaulted to "pagan".

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Fri, 03-13-2009 - 11:22am

Though my beliefs are held close and not in communion with others, I would probably fall under the broad category, and I wonder how many are out there who take this singular approach.



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