New research suggests that Christianity continues to decline in the US, while those without religious affiliation see a sharp rise in number.
Based on the data from Pew Research Center released on October 17, 65% of Americans identified themselves as Christians, down from 77% in 2009. Those who described themselves as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular” has risen to 26%, from 17% over the same period.
The overall rate of religious attendance is declining not because Christians are attending church less often, but rather because there are now fewer Christians as a share of the population. —Pew Research Center