Church attendance is DOWN! (Links) Victory for us!
There are several articles that speak of this and the trend is clear! Church attendance is going DOWN, DOWN, DOWN! Remember that Christianity was spread by FORCE for around 1700 years oftentimes with the threat of DEATH!!
Soon after our founding fathers took religion OUT of goverment the church has been on a downward spiral since people aren't FORCED to believe in middle eastern myth!
Since the 1970s, the share of those who never attend religious services or attend less than once a year increased by 53 percent!
In the last four decades, monthly (or more) participation in religious services dropped from 50 percent of moderately educated (high school and perhaps some college) whites to 37 percent, according to the study, “No Money, No Honey, No Church: The Deinstitutionalization of Religious Life Among the White Working Class.” Attendance by the least educated (high school dropouts) dropped from 38 percent to 23 percent, by sociologists Wilcox, of the University of Virginia and Andrew Cherlin of Johns Hopkins University found.
Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, thinks there has been a general and widespread loss of faith, not just in religion, but in many institutions.
Between 2001 and 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that membership in congregational churches like Zion dropped from about 1.3 million in the U.S. to about 736,000.
Part of that decline, in states like Wyoming, especially, is due to an increasing senior citizen population, on top of fewer youths attending church on a regular basis. A national survey by American Faith Communities Today from 2000 to 2005 showed the average percentage of churchgoers over 60 increased, while the 18-- to 34--year--old group decreased over the same time span. That trend remained constant between 2008 and 2010.
Still, most denominations, locally and nationally, are reporting some sort of decreased attendance. The same census survey, for example, shows decreased attendance among Lutheran, Methodists and Jewish populations across the U.S.