Q: Going to church today? | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Q: Going to church today?

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM

A: Odds are less likely than they were 15 years ago.

John Brummett considers another poll showing a decline in the number following organized religion. (Number is still high, however.)

A survey released last week showed that Americans’ religious attitudes and practices are becoming less conventionally devout. This led to widespread theorizing that we’re becoming a culture of freelancers.

We seem to be evolving into a society in which individuals customize their lives and retreat into their self-styled cocoons. This appears to be eroding the influence of mainstream institutions, including religious ones. Especially religious ones.

Those calling themselves Christians declined since 1990 from 86 percent to 75 percent. Those saying they had no religion at all more than doubled since 1990, to 15 percent.

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