Politics & Media
Mar 09, 2009, 05:47AM

God Lonely, "No One Calls Anymore," Says Almighty

An 18 year study by the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) finds that rates of non-believers are way up in every state. Complete with interactive graph!

The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers — or falling off the faith map completely.These dramatic shifts in just 18 years are detailed in the new American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), to be released today. It finds that, despite growth and immigration that has added nearly 50 million adults to the U.S. population, almost all religious denominations have lost ground since the first ARIS survey in 1990.


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