A Non-Christian America – Dr. James Emery White Christian Blog

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According to Pew Research Center projections, the number of Christians in the United States could fall below 50% of the population by 2070.

Pew modeled four what-if scenarios in an attempt to predict how America’s religious landscape might change over the next 50 years. The Center estimates that in 2020, approximately 64% of Americans (including children) were Christians, with “no”s accounting for 30%. The remaining 6% were made up of those who embraced other religions, including Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

So what dynamics were used to shape the four models? Essentially, “whether religious change continues at a recent rate, accelerates, or comes to a complete halt, projections show Christians of all ages dropping from 64% to at least 54% and possibly as low as 35 %.

Meanwhile, the “rise of no” will continue, rising from the current 30% to at least 34% or, much more likely, 52% of the US population.

Admittedly, these are not predictions per se, but formal demographic projections. What can be counted on, in each scenario, is that “Christians continue to decline as a share of the U.S. population…. At the same time, the unaffiliated are expected to grow.

I predicted it in my book The rise of the nuns.

I have provided additional research in support of the ongoing trend in Meet Generation Z.

It is simply considered the cultural wallpaper of our time in my next book, hybrid church.

Sometimes I really, really hate when I’m right.

James Emery White

Sources

“Modeling the Future of Religion in America”, Pew Research CenterSeptember 13, 2022, read online.

Daniel Silliman, “Christianity’s Decline Shows No Signs of Stopping”, Christianity todaySeptember 13, 2022, read online.

Bob Smietana, “Less than half of Americans could be Christians by 2070, according to new projections”, Religious News ServiceSeptember 13, 2022, read online.

About the Author

James Emery White is the founder and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a former professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His last book After “I believe” is now available on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore. To take advantage of a free Church & Culture blog subscription, visit churchandculture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive, read the latest church and culture news from around the world, and listen to the Church & Culture podcast. . Follow Dr. White on TwitterFacebook and Instagram at @JamesEmeryWhite.

James Emery White is the founder and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a former professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president.

His latest book, After “I believe”, is now available on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore. To take advantage of a free Church & Culture blog subscription, visit churchandculture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive, read the latest church and culture news from around the world, and listen to the Church & Culture podcast. .

Follow Dr. White on TwitterFacebook and Instagram at @JamesEmeryWhite.

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