It’s taken as an article of faith among atheists that America, like much of Europe, is becoming more secular and gradually abandoning its religious faith. Well, just as it was 2000 years ago, reports of the death of Christ will have to be retracted.
As noted by Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family, studies by Harvard University and Indiana University Bloomington discovered that religious faith is just one more way in which America is an exceptional nation. The idea that people are abandoning the Christian faith is based on losses of membership among large, mainstream churches. But it turns out that people aren’t abandoning religious faith, they’re just switching to smaller, independent churches. The study authors say the percentage of Americans who believe in the Bible, attend church more than once a week and pray daily has remained “patently persistent” for the past 50 years. And here’s a stat that might shock you: the percentage of Americans relative to overall population who attend church regularly today is four times greater than when America was founded in 1776.
Americans are also exceptional for the intensity of their beliefs: for instance, one in three prays multiple times a day, compared to an average of one in 15 in other nations. Three times the percentage of Americans attend church weekly than in the average industrial nation. And a third believe the Bible is the actual word of God, compared to fewer than 10 percent in other comparable countries.
And that intensity of faith isn’t dying out, it’s growing. Since 1989, the percentage of Americans who belong to a religion and who adhere to strong religious beliefs and practices has grown from 39 to 47 percent. One more very important point: these people tend to have more children.
Check out the link to the original article in the Federalist for the impact this is already having on elections and the growing effect it’s likely to have in the future (hint: atheists don't have a prayer.) As those of us who are pro-life like to note, the future belongs to those who are able to show up for it.