How much time does a dying Christianity have left?

Christianity is at a crossroads. People are leaving the church at alarming rates—and some believe this is the end of church in our nation. How well do you know the signs that point to a dying Christianity?


According to a Religious Landscape study by Pew Research center, the share of Christians in the U.S. fell by what percentage between 2007 and 2014?

Between 2007 and 2014, the Christian share of the population fell from 78.4% to 70.6% driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics. The unaffiliated experienced the most growth, and the share of Americans who belong to non-Christian faiths also increased.
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Some religious situations have recently been scrutinized in court. In a 2004 case at the U.S. Supreme Court, why did a father file suit against his daughter’s school district?

In Elk Grove Unified School District vs. Michael Newdow, an atheist argued that a California school’s requirement to recite the Pledge of Allegiance violated his daughter’s rights under the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses. In this case, the Supreme Court did not rule on whether the words “under God” violated the First Amendment, instead throwing out the case on a technicality. While this was one of the first publicized cases, several others over the years have filed claims against the use of “Under God” as offensive and indoctrinating to those who don’t believe.

According to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Center, more than one third of ________ now say they are unaffiliated with any faith:

Approximately one third of older Millennials (adults currently in their late 20s and early 30s) now say they have no religion, up nine percent among this age group since 2007, when the same group was between 18 and 26. As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations.

According to Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians, what country is ranked as #1 for extreme persecution of Christians?

In its totalitarian communist state, Christians in North Korea are forced to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbors and even their own spouses and children. Due to ever-present surveillance, many pray with eyes open, and gathering for praise or fellowship is practically impossible. Worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all citizens, and those who don’t comply (including Christians) are arrested, imprisoned, tortured or killed. Entire Christian families are imprisoned in hard labor camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings, overexertion and starvation.
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What year were some Christian students targeted during the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado?

The horrific event occurred at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. 15 were killed, with 24 injured. Witnesses reported one of the shooters asked students Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, “Do you believe in God?” prior to their murders.
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According to the Religious Landscape Study by Pew Research Center, how many American adults are considered to be religious “nones,” or unaffiliated with no religion?

By a wide margin, religious “nones” have experienced larger gains through religious switching than any other group. Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) raised in a religious faith now identify with no religion. The number of religiously unaffiliated adults has increased by roughly 19 million since 2007. There are now approximately 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults in the U.S., and this group is more numerous than either Catholics or mainline Protestants. The unaffiliated are now second in size only to evangelical Protestants among major religious groups in the U.S.

What country imprisoned Idaho’s Pastor Saeed Abedini for threatening “national security” with hosting Christian gatherings in 2012?

In July 2012, Abedini made a trip to Iran to visit family and continue his work to build an orphanage in the city of Rasht. While in the country, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confiscated his passports and placed him under arrest. During his 2013 trial, he was charged with compromising national security by creating a network of Christian house churches and “attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.” He was sentenced to 8 years in prison, but was released in January 2016 after urgings by President Obama.

According to the FBI, religious hate crimes are on the rise. Of the 7,121 reported hate crime victims in 2015, how many were targeted because of their religion?

The FBI’s report, which contains data from 14,997 law enforcement agencies, reveals 5,850 criminal incidents and 6,885 related offenses that were motivated by bias against race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. Of those victims, 19.7 percent were targeted because of a religious bias, or about 1,400 victims.

Which of the following religious freedom scenarios have recently occurred in the United States?

American religious institutions have been at the center of many legal controversies in recent years. In fact, all of the above scenarios have occurred since 2015. According to a report by First Liberty Institute, more than 1,200 court cases of religious hostility were brought during 2016. This included hostility towards religious practices in public places, schools, in the military, and even in churches.

According to a 2009 study, the use of what technology is leading to increasing secularization in America?

A study published in the Journal of Media and Religion found that religiosity has a “significant negative relation with Internet use…even after accounting for a host of demographic, contextual, and situational variables.”

As of 2015, about how many Americans do not have strong belief in a personal God?

According to the 2015 American Religious Identification Survey, when asked about the existence of God over 30% of Americans gave an answer other than, “There is definitely a personal God.” That translates to over 100 million Americans.

Among Americans who got married since 2010, how many of these marriages were between a religiously unaffiliated person and a Christian spouse?

Among Americans who got married before 1960, one-in-twenty of these marriages were between a religiously unaffiliated person and a Christian spouse. This rate has increased four-fold over the last 50 years, even as marriage rates have decreased, and today one-in-five marriages fit this profile.
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The Pew Research Center projects that over the next 4 decades, Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by what year will the number of Muslims exceed the number of Christians around the world?

Muslims are projected to grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population over the next 50 years, likely overtaking Christianity as the largest religion by 2050.