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U.S. is still overwhelmingly Christian, study finds
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By K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 26, 2008

America remains an overwhelmingly Christian country, but the nation's religious life also shows great fluidity, with many adults switching religious affiliations or abandoning ties to organized denominations altogether, according to a new survey released today.

The study also suggests that, in the near future, Protestants may no longer make up a majority of Americans.

Barely 51% of Americans are Protestants, and among people between the ages of 18 and 29, just 43% identify with this branch of Christianity, according to the study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

More than four in 10 adults, or 44%, have switched religious affiliations, moved from being unaffiliated with any faith tradition to affiliated, or abandoned any ties to a specific religion altogether, according to the study. But the study also found that Americans who identify themselves as Christians has remained constant -- nearly 8 in 10.

Today's 148-page study, made public at a teleconference from Washington, D.C., is the first report of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, a project in the works for more than a year. The interviews were conducted from May 8 to Aug. 13 in 2007. The study was based on interviews in English and Spanish with a representative sample of more than 35,000 adults.

The study is available at .

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  -U.S. is still overwhelmingly Christian, study finds hyphenate  Feb-25-08 04:15 PM   #0 
  - Dee Yew Aitch!  Ano Genitus   Feb-25-08 04:16 PM   #1 
  - self delete  stellanoir   Feb-25-08 04:22 PM   # 
  - Younger folks are looking for something new  stellanoir   Feb-25-08 04:22 PM   #2 
  - A true spirituality is a contradiction in terms.  Donald Ian Rankin   Feb-26-08 05:25 AM   #8 
  - Most Americans calling themselves Christians, IMHO,  kestrel91316   Feb-25-08 04:39 PM   #3 
  - The third largest category: unaffiliated, my peeps!  endarkenment   Feb-25-08 05:03 PM   #4 
  - And thus we see the power of negative loading  dmallind   Feb-26-08 08:15 AM   #9 
     - I'm using "secular nothing" from now on.  endarkenment   Feb-26-08 08:20 AM   #11 
        - I'm just a secular nobody ;) nt  dmallind   Feb-26-08 08:23 AM   #12 
  - Overwhelmingly and oppressively Xian!  frebrd   Feb-25-08 05:28 PM   #5 
  - So what  SecularNATION   Feb-25-08 09:22 PM   #6 
  - Real question is how many claim to be Christian but rarely attend church or donate? n/t  jody   Feb-25-08 09:53 PM   #7 
  - Not a challenge but a question  dmallind   Feb-26-08 08:20 AM   #10 
     - I'm amazed at the number of people I know who claim to be Christian and espouse very fundamentalist  jody   Feb-26-08 11:47 AM   #13 
        - But again - why does that make them less Christian  dmallind   Feb-26-08 12:52 PM   #14 
           - Whether they are Christian is an issue they may face after they die. In my area, society judges  jody   Feb-26-08 12:56 PM   #15 
              - This judging of other people is a popular way to "shoot yourself in the foot."  heidler1   Feb-26-08 01:43 PM   #16 
              - Honestly I'm not bugging you but a follow up  dmallind   Feb-26-08 02:38 PM   #17 
  - 78.5% Christian  New Dawn   Mar-01-08 03:07 AM   #18 
  - How would one get off the church lists?  EvilAL   Mar-01-08 08:01 AM   #19 

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