Protestants are a Minority in U.S. for the First Time in History 10/09/2012

According to a new study, for the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority.

There are only 48 percent of Protestant adults in the U.S. This Pew Forum report on Religion & Public Life comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

The report gives three reasons for this:
1. Nearly 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation.

2. Nondenominational Christians can no longer be categorized as protestants.

3. The growth of the people who say they are “spiritual,” but are not religious.

The report indicates, “Growth among those with no religion has been a major preoccupation of American faith leaders who worry that the United States, a highly religious country, would go the way of Western Europe, where church attendance has plummeted.”

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