America’s Religious Shift: ‘Nones’ Now Outnumber Evangelical Christians

What Americans believe when it comes to matters of faith has been shifting for decades, and the latest National Public Opinion Reference Survey conducted by Pew Research Center seems to indicate that the pace of change is accelerating.
Today, the percentage of Americans that identify as Christians is the lowest that it has ever been before, and the percentage of Americans that identify as “nones” is at a new all-time record high.  In fact, Pew is telling us that a whopping 29 percent of all Americans now identify as “nones”…
Currently, about three-in-ten U.S. adults (29%) are religious “nones” – people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religious identity.
That number has risen 6 percentage points since 2016 and it is up a total of 10 points from a decade ago.

If you were to ask most people to name the largest religious group in the United States, most would respond by saying “Catholics” or “evangelicals”, but at this point the “nones” outnumber them both…
“If the unaffiliated were a religion, they’d be the largest religious group in the United States,” said Elizabeth Drescher, an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University who wrote a book about the spiritual lives of the nones.
The religiously unaffiliated were once concentrated in urban, coastal areas, but now live across the U.S., representing a diversity of ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, Drescher said.
Just like in Europe, a lot of the “nones” are atheists or agnostics, but there are others that are just pursuing spirituality on their own terms.
In America today, anything having to do with the occult is extremely hot, and this has helped to make “psychic services” into an industry that is worth more than two billion dollars a year…
“Psychic services,” which encompass palm and aura readings, astrology, mediating with the other side, and more, is an industry worth $2.2 billion in the US.
And Americans are also investigating the occult on social media more than ever before.  It is being reported that “online mentions of the occult increased an average of 4% every week since March 2020″…
Witchcraft has risen in popularity during the pandemic, particularly on TikTok. Actually all occult practices–including astrology and tarot–have seen a big bump in interest since March of last year.
Online mentions of the occult increased an average of 4% every week since March 2020, when Covid-19 shutdowns started to sweep the nation, despite trending down in the three weeks beforehand.
Let that number sink in for a moment.
That isn’t a four percent increase for an entire year.
We are talking about an average increase of four percent every single week since March 2020.
Wow.
PNW  Michael Snyder