Are You Religious?
Here’s The Scoop
The moral decay of America continues as a new report by the Pew Research Center reveals that the religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” now make up the largest religious category in the U.S. at 28%, surpassing Catholics at 20%. This disturbing trend has seen the percentage of nones nearly double since 2007.
With the rise of the nones comes a decline in civic engagement, as they are less likely to vote, volunteer, or have strong community ties. While not all nones are atheists, with only 17% identifying as such, the majority simply identify as “nothing in particular.”
These nones may claim to believe in God, with 69% doing so, but only 13% of them believe in the God described in the Bible. Furthermore, 67% cite disbelief and skepticism as their reason for not ascribing to a religion, and 43% believe that organized religion does more harm than good.
Despite their openness to spiritual beliefs, nones are significantly less likely to volunteer or vote, contributing to a decline in community and social satisfaction. Michael Pakaluk, a social research and business professor at The Catholic University of America, warns that the rise of nones will have a detrimental impact on society, as they are “less engaged in their communities and in the project of appropriating civilization and passing it on.”
Pakaluk attributes this alarming trend to secularized education and the trauma of divorce. However, he believes that this presents an opportunity for evangelization, urging Catholics to pray fervently and educate their children in the faith. The future of America’s moral fabric depends on our ability to reverse this trend and bring people back to the Church.
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