Study Shows Americans Leave Religion Due to Drift, Not Rupture

More Americans have given up their faith or changed religions because of a gradual spiritual drift than switched because of a disillusionment over their churches’ policies, according to a new study released today which illustrates how personal spiritual attitudes are taking precedence over denominational traditions.

The survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is the first large-scale study of the reasons behind Americans switching their religious faith and found that more than half of people have done so at least once during their lifetime.

Almost three-quarters of Catholics and Protestants who are now unaffiliated with a religion said they had “just gradually drifted away” from their faith. And more than three-quarters of Catholics and half of Protestants currently not associated with a faith said that, over time, they stopped believing in their religion’s teachings.

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One comment on “Study Shows Americans Leave Religion Due to Drift, Not Rupture

  1. nwlayman says:

    “They stopped believing in their religion’s teachings…” And left!
    Now there is a refreshing thing. Not the lack of belief, but the fact they *left*. It is so much more honest than staying around and getting ordained. Several times.