Religious Diversity

Religious diversity is growing in countries around the globe. Some forms of religion are in decline; others are growing and being transplanted by migrant communities and the increasingly free dispersal of global information. Together, these changes are creating increasingly diverse religious landscapes.

For example, according to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of the population in the United States identifying with a non-Christian religion rose from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Those who identified as ‘unaffiliated’ rose from 16.1% to 22.8%. Meanwhile, evangelical Protestants declined from 26.3% to 25.4%, Catholics from 23.9% to 20.8%, and mainline Protestants from 18.1% to 14.7%. Put together these changes indicate that the Christian churches in the United States are moving away from being the dominant religious tradition, ...

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