Americans, it seems, are increasingly abandoning Christianity in favor of atheism, agnosticism and, to some extent, non-Christian faiths like Hinduism, Islam silhouette-of-cross-held-up-at-sunset-on-shutterstock-800x430and Judaism. According to the findings of a massive new survey carried out by the Pew Research Center, over the last seven years, the percentage of American adults who are religiously unaffiliated has jumped nearly 7 percent, pointing to a trend that is visible across race and gender divisions.
By 2050, only 13 percent of the world’s population would not be religiously affiliated, as opposed to over 16 percent in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center study published Thursday. The survey, which forecast a rise in the number of religious people globally over the next three decades, said that by 2050, the ranks of all major religions, expect Buddhism, would expand — with Islam leading the trend.
The atheist community is quickly coming up against the limits of debating whether God is real. The New Atheist movement made a splash in the early 2000s with its brash assertion that the existence of God was a hypothesis that can be examined, debated and critically analyzed like any other, and rejected if the evidence is found wanting.
For Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, a major victory in the Supreme Court wasn’t enough. As we learn in the latest issue of Free Inquiry, Green doesn’t just FI_AM_cover_copyseek to exert religious control over his own employees but believes he has been commanded by God to fully align the United States under the authority of the Christian Bible and “remake the nation in God’s image.”