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Americans freely change, or drop, their religions

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by JerryL, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. JerryL

    JerryL New Member

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    I read this in the USA Today paper and thought it was interesting.

    " A new survey on religious attitudes finds that 44% say they're no longer tied to the religious or secular upbringing of their childhood. They've changed religions or denominations, adopted a faith for the first time or abandoned any affiliation altogether."
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-02-25-survey_N.htm
     
  2. guitarpreacher

    guitarpreacher New Member

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    One flaw I see in the wording: There is a huge difference in changing faiths and changing denominations.
     
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    do they mean within christianity, or actual different religions?
    why aren't people sure of what they beleive?
     
  4. JerryL

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    According to article, they mean both. Somewhere in the article they say that Christianity is dropping. The only growing number among Christians is "Non demoninational." I tend to believe the onslaught of WOF preachers on TV might be the reason for the non denominational rise. People like hearing their "prosperity" message. That's just a guess though on my part for the reason in the rise of those numbers.
     
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    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    I was raised Catholic. When I got saved, I became a Baptist and have stayed a Baptist for 33 years. I don't see me changing.
     
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    I'm with you Sue, I won't be anything but baptist.

    JerryL, I think your right. Some view God only as a get rich quick scheme.
     
  7. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    This is a great point.

    Notice some flaws in the Pew Study:
    The classify Mormons and Jehovah's Witness along with orthodox Christian belief
    They seem to lump moving from Episcopalian to Baptist as a "faith change"

    I'm reading the actual study from Pew now and it is definitely important and worth reading. We must understand the world around us and how people (particularly outsiders) are acting so we can better connect them with the timeless truth of the Gospel. :)

    Also, the USAToday article is a bit off in its reporting, but this is par for the course of USAToday. :)
     
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