Magazine article Anglican Journal

Protestants Now Just over Half of U.S. Adults, Study Finds

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Protestants Now Just over Half of U.S. Adults, Study Finds

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New York

Protestants in the United States may soon become a minority in a country long perceived as predominately Protestant, according to a new study of the U.S. religious landscape.

The study by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (www.pewforum.org), found that the number of Protestants in the United States now makes up about 51 per cent of the population. This is in sharp contrast to the mid-1980s, when about two-thirds of the nation was Protestant.

"Moreover, the Protestant population is characterized by significant internal diversity and fragmentation, encompassing hundreds of different denominations," the Pew Forum noted in a summary of the study's key findings that are based on interviews with more than 35,000 adults living in the U.S.

(The Episcopal Church, the U.S. arm of the Anglican Communion, was grouped among mainline Protestant churches.)

The study also found that about 44 per cent of U.S. adults have changed their religious affiliation. …

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