Churches across America continue to experience a decline in attendance and people are attending services less often. Some are questioning this truth. One of the doubters is; Glenn T. Stanton, the author of; Myth of the Dying Church: How Christianity Is Thriving in America and the World. The data in the book asserts that church attendance in the United States is at an all-time high, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the population.
Are we sure who to believe?
Despite Stanton’s book, the statistics and the data from multiple sources reveal the American church is in decline. Pew Research reported:
The data shows that just like rates of religious affiliation, rates of religious attendance are declining. Over the last decade, the share of Americans who say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month dropped by 7 percentage points, while the share who say they attend religious services less often (if at all) has risen by the same degree. In 2009, regular worship attenders (those who attend religious services at least once or twice a month) outnumbered those who attend services only occasionally or not at all by a 52%-to-47% margin. Today those figures are reversed; more Americans now say they attend religious services a few times a year or less (54%) than say they attend at least monthly (45%).
One of the big questions is; What’s the reason people are leaving the church?
According to Christian Smith, a sociology and religion professor at the University of Notre Dame, America’s nonreligious lurch has mostly resulted from three historical events: the association of the Republican Party with the Christian right, the end of the Cold War, and 9/11.
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Source: Author, THOMAS MCDANIELS from The Wisdom Daily
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