Study: Americans less religious than ever
While Catholics around the world are celebrating a new Pope, a new study says Americans are becoming less religious than ever before.
According to the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University, one in five of you are no longer claiming a religious preference. That amount is double of what it was in 1990. Mike Rinehart, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Houston, thinks he knows what's going on.
“They’re really interested in spirituality and faith, but they find the religious institutions of their day not as interested in that, but more on self preservation,” Rinehart told KTRH.
Rinehart says it is a personal struggle.
“People struggle with religious institutions, which is not the same as having struggle with religion. Faith may be on the rise, but trust is plummeting,” Rinehart explained.
But David Silverman, President of American Atheists, says there might be another reason we are seeing the rise in numbers.
“It’s partially because of the internet. It’s partially because of the Atheist movement nationwide. And it’s partially because religion can’t stop stepping on itself and screwing up,” Silverman explained.
Silverman says his group has seen membership rise in recent years.
“There is a growth of Atheism. There is also a growth of Atheists who are no longer being closeted. They are coming out of the closet,” Silverman said.
Rinehart says another for the declining numbers is that many of you are uncomfortable with the fact that the church is behind the times on social issues.