Nothing in the Middle
June 16, 2010
Here is an interesting poll by the Pew Forum. It shows that the younger you are the more likely you are to be unaffiliated with a religion. At first, this may seem as though the country is quickly losing its religion but I have another take.
Check out this other Pew Study from a couple years ago. It shows that the number of evangelicals in the US has grown to 26% of the population. This is a remarkable number and demonstrates a dramatic shift of the religious from mainline Protestantism to evangelicalism. But the unaffiliated number is growing too. So this suggests that both sides are growing. The number of unaffiliated is growing and the number of strongly religious are growing.
This means that the future of the US, at least in the near term, is going to have people with radically different world views and not a whole lot of people in the middle (mainstream Protestantism continues to shrink rapidly and the average age is very high now).