Pew Research Center released a telling study on Tuesday, one which reveals the religious climate in America is changing dramatically. The study claims there are now 56 million Americans who do not affiliate with any specific religious group. Even though Christianity is still the most popular choice by far, the numbers of people who label themselves as atheists or agnostics grew nearly seven percent between 2007 and 2014. On the other hand, the amount of people who affiliate themselves with Christianity dramatically dropped during the same period by seven percent also.
Politicians are also taking note of this shift because religious beliefs directly effect elections, according to scientists. People who do not affiliate with any religion are more likely to vote democrat, making republicans a little uneasy with the new findings of an increase in secularism.
Marcio Alaor BMG says along with the decrease in Christianity, there has been an increase in interest of Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Muslim.
Spirituality is also on the rise with many people choosing not to let go of their faith but forgo the rigors of organized religion. Hopefully these changes will lead to a more tolerance and welcoming religious environment for everybody. Even though church and state are separated in America, they still find a way to cross paths in many ways.