WASHINGTON – A new study is providing an interesting prospective on religion in America.
In fact, research shows the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.
Researchers asked 35,000 Americans what religion or faith they follow.
The Pew Research Center found that the percentage of adults who were Christian dropped by nearly eight percent over the last seven years.
Through that same time period, the percentage of Americans who do not belong to a religion or faith has grown more than six percent.
Also, the number of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths also has increased just over one percent.
“While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages,” the study said.
In fact, researchers say the number of Christian adults in the U.S. has shrunk by somewhere between 2.8 million and 7.8 million.
The unaffiliated group tends to be young, mainly consisting of Millennials.
The group, which consists of about 56 million people, is larger than Catholics or mainline Protestants.
The unaffiliated are now the second largest religious group in the U.S., following the evangelical Protestants.
Despite the trend, the United States still remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world.