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Only one third of Americans identify as Christian, survey shows

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Christianity, which was once shared by a majority of Americans, has seen a gradual decline as fewer people hold to the core tenets of the faith.


The latest research by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University continues the survey series American Worldview Inventory 2021 in examining biblical and competing worldviews of American adults.

According to the most recent release from the study, there has been a sharp decline in the status of Christianity across the nation in the past several decades. In 1980, more than 90 per cent of Americans claimed to be Christian. That percentage dropped to 80 per cent by 1990, in which the proportion lasted until after the turn of the millennium. By 2010, only three in four adults claimed to be Christians, with a further decline today as just under two out of three make the same claim.

In correspondence to the decline in Christianity, a decrease in confidence in religion was also present. About two-thirds of American adults had high confidence in religion in the 1970s. By the 1980s, however, that confidence was waning, and Christianity’s influence was declining.

At the start of the millennium, 56 per cent of adults had confidence in religion. That number continued to decline, and now, barely four in ten adults hold a high degree of confidence in religion.

The decline of Christianity as the preferred faith in the U.S. is indicated by the concurrent declines in a quartet of faith-related measures that CRC veteran researcher Dr. George Barna has been tracking since the late 1970s.

In 1991, 86 per cent of people believed in the existence of God as the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe who still rules the world today. Today, that percentage has dropped to 46 per cent.


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