The survey of more than 35,000 Americans found that the number of Christians has dropped 8 percent since 2007. Meanwhile, the number of “nones,” people who do not identify with any religion, has increased by 16 percent.
Within the past seven years, Christianity has been on the decline and more people are identifying themselves as atheists, according to a religious landscape survey by the Pew Research Center.
Many people who were born to Christian families, later renounced or drifted away from their faith. The report said 85 percent of U.S. adults were raised in Christian households but nearly a quarter of them no longer identified as such.
Despite this decline, the study also finds that Christians are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse.
Further, while Christianity may have lost ground, many of those who describe themselves as unaffiliated still “believe in God” or consider themselves to be “spiritual,” according to Pew.
Despite this research, some believe that Christianity in the United States is not dying, but instead it is clarifying itself.