American religious affiliation keeps changing: less Christianity, more “nones”

  • the continued growth of the internet, giving people access to non-dominant religious thinking;
  • the impact of chronic clerical sex abuse scandals, especially in the Catholic world;
  • the gap between rising American cultural and political beliefs (pro-gay marriage, women’s rights, etc) and widely seen conservative religious beliefs;
  • anxiety about religious violence following 9–11;
  • Americans experiencing greater interactions with more secular societies, thanks to digital technologies;
  • populations moving from a more religious rural world to a less so urban sector.



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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander

Futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator. Author of the FTTE report and ACADEMIA NEXT. Creator of The Future Trends Forum.