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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:11 PM EST
Didn't expect to see this in my lifetime.

`Nones' now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US

According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming "no religion" -- sometimes referred to as "nones" because of how they answer the question "what is your religious tradition?" -- now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.

That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious -- or nonreligious -- groupings in the country.

however ....

white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.

"Evangelicals punch way above their weight," Burge said. "They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That's largely a function of the fact that they're white and they're old."

The "white" part is hopelessly and permanently fixed.  The "old" part has a self-correcting limiting time stamp.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:29:56 PM EST
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It might be worth cautioning that large chunks of the minority population are evangelical and conservative in their philosophies, but currently captured by the democrats due to discriminatory policies by the republicans. This could change.
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:45:21 PM EST
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I don't know about that.

My impression from survey results (espec. PEW) published over the prior decade or so is, organized ecumenical affiliation has lost predictive power. This should be sel-evident as institutional control ("authoritarianism") of the Big Two has fragmented with identarian ethnic ("race") and sex ("CIS") political hegemony.

Religious dysphoria (my term) is a predictable result of 200 years indoctrination in ideology of "individualism" or "rational self-interested actors." A lot of spiritual and doctrinal cherry-picking in USA goes unaccounted, because freedom of since 1619. Respondents to dated survey panels can and will dispute identification with institutional leadership as is convenient, in principle or tax filing status.

Yet pollster have not adapted instruments to even rank issue-motivated political cohension among "non-affiliated", "independent", or "affiliated" religionists, because stereotype is a convenient rubric for communicating political party division (by two), which is exactly what they are paid to produce.

This data analysis is not fit for purpose.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 07:59:08 PM EST
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as ancient afro-mericans say.

After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters
Dems follow all compass directions to make pitches to voters

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 01:16:14 PM EST
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It's a Broad Brush survey and so paints with a broad brush.  

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 06:56:05 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, post-Christian porn is a dime a dozen.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 12:06:35 AM EST
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Going to take a minimum of hundred years before the US is Post-Christian.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 04:45:51 PM EST
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o, I don't know about that.

One could argue that customary milenniarist "movement" that recombines and redefines monotheism (eg. certainly christology) isn't well-understood these days, and you aren't.

But I am. Dysphoria. It's happening now. Churches are emptied out but the heh heh spirit lives.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 06:35:15 PM EST
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