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Old 12-28-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Between 1990 and 2008, an interval of 18 years, some of the more notable changes were.

The percentage of American adults identify themselves with a specific religion dropped from 89.5% to 79.9%:
Americans who identify themselves as Christian dropped from 86.2 to 76.0 -- a loss of 10.2 percentage points in 18 years -- about 0.6 percentage points per year. A similar decline was observed in Canada.
Americans identifying themselves as Protestant dropped from 60.0 to 50.9%.
Catholics declined from 26.2% to 25.1%
The Catholic population in the Northeast fell: From 1900 to 2008, it went from 50% in New England to 36%, and from 44% to 37% in New York state. Apparently to immigration, it rose during the same interval from 29% to 37% in California, and 23% to 32% in Texas.
Religious Jews declined from 1.8% to 1.2%.
Muslims increased from 0.5 to 0.6%.
The fastest growing religion (in terms of percentage) is Wicca -- a Neopagan religion that is sometimes referred to as Witchcraft.
From 1990 to 2001: Numbers of adherents went from 8,000 to 134,000. Their numbers of adherents doubled about every 30 months. 7,8 Wiccans in Australia have a very similar growth pattern, from fewer than 2,000 in 1996 to 9,000 in 2001. 11 In Canada, Wiccans and other Neopagans showed the greatest percentage growth of any faith group. They totaled 21,080 members in 1991, an increase of 281% from 1990.
From 2001 to 2008: The ARIS website does not appear to have released any specific numbers. They give numbers only for New Religious Movement "NRM & Other Religions" -- a classification that includes Scientology, New Age, Eckankar, Spiritualist, Unitarian-Universalist, Deist, Wiccan, Pagan, Druid, Indian Religion, Santeria, and Rastafarian. However they state that: "Adherents of New Religious movements, including Wiccans and self-described pagans, have grown faster this decade than in the 1990s." 2 It is curious that they use the term "self-described" to refer to pagans, while they report Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc. without the qualifier.

However, ReligionLink does have data available. They state:
"Specifically, the number of Wiccans more than doubled from 2001 to 2008, from 134,000 to 342,000, and the same held true for neo-pagans, who went from 140,000 in 2001 to 340,000 in 2008." "Experts say the growth reflects not only increasing numbers of neo-pagans, but also a rise in the social acceptability of paganism. As a result, more respondents would be willing to identify themselves as followers of some pagan tradition.
15.0% (14.1%) do not follow any organized religion. There are more Americans who say they are not affiliated with any organized religion than there are Episcopalians, Methodists, and Lutherans combined.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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i guess all i can say is that this is a step in the right direction.....
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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i guess all i can say is that this is a step in the right direction.....
I agree...the ancient god worship passed from generation to generation cannot stand. It's just a matter of time.
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