I came across an article about how the Religious Right has damaged the credibility of Christianity, a statement that I happen to agree with. The author says that more Christians are leaving their faiths (and I assume many are exploring alternative religions such as ours).
I have said that there has been a marked shift in American attitudes toward religion that has come about in the last four to eight years. The Christian Right has so tied themselves to Bush’s apron strings that when the apron got tarnished so did they. But then the Bush years wouldn’t have been possible without them. They aren’t exactly innocent victims of the Bush magic. They were willing accomplices.
I have noticed a much larger percentage of young people who self identify as non-believers. And I have also seen other non-believers becoming far more militant and vocal in their disgust at what the Religious Right has done to the United States. I have previously mentioned a couple of opinion polls that seemed to verify the shift in views and I said that the best seller status of numerous books debunking a deity was indicative of this new found skepticism among Americans.
This makes sense. Maybe it is that I hear from a lot of people who have lost faith in their faith, but I hear this all the time – the major religions are losing support because of their own actions. But, I’ve never seen a study to back up this idea, until today:
And now one of the major religious polling organizations, The Barna Group, has confirmed that Christianity is in crisis in George Bush’s America. It has lost its credibility especially among the young. Fundamentalism wanted a culture war and religion appears to be one of the casualties.
The Barna Group says:
that 16- to 29-year-olds exhibit a greater degree of criticism toward Christianity than did previous generations when they were at the same stage of life. In fact, in just a decade, many of the Barna measures of the Christian image have shifted substantially downward, fueled in part by a growing sense of disengagement and disillusionment among young people. For instance, a decade ago the vast majority of Americans outside the Christian faith, including young people, felt favorably toward Christianity’s role in society. Currently, however, just 16% of non-Christians in their late teens and twenties said they have a “good impression” of Christianity.
Very interesting. I would like to see a poll directed towards our members – I bet way more than 16% have a good impression of Pastafarianism. Anyways, read the entire article if you’re interested. It can be found here.