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Christians are tired of hearing watered down teachings, instead, according to a recently published study, people of America are turning to Churches that stand on the Word of God.

Globally speaking, people are, according to similar studies, turning away from religion and faith based on what is explained as the secularization thesis. In summary, the thesis reads that “as societies progress, particularly through modernization and rationalization, religion loses its authority in all aspects of social life and governance.”

However, that is not taking place in America, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. According to the study, strong religious affiliation is growing, liberal religious affiliation is declining, and the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time.

We argue, therefore, that religious change in the United States is demonstrably different than that occurring in comparable countries and that the United States remains an exceptional outlier and potential counterexample to the secularization thesis.

Interestingly enough, it would appear as though, mainstream churches are losing more members than ever before, which explains the original interpretation that Christianity is on the decline. However, the study displays that just because people are leaving a church, it doesn’t mean that they are leaving the faith.

Incredibly, the study displays that the percentage of Americans who pray daily, accept the Bible as is, and attend church more than once a week has remained the same for upwards of 50 years. In addition, the percentage of Americans referenced in the aforementioned totals to about one-third of US citizens. Contrastingly, in comparable nations, the percentage totals out to about one in fifteen.

In addition, the amount of people who hold fast to the faith has actually increased according to the research. In 1989 only 39 percent of those who belonged to a religion, housed strong faith. However, today it’s 47 percent of the religiously affiliated who hold strong.

The Persistent and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion: A Response to Recent Research

American exceptionalism is alive and well, however, the lies and deceit of the mainstream churches are still prevalent, although they are in decline. The world over, Christians, are facing crisis after crisis and American Christians are either unaware or dazzled by the progressive lie of tolerance and acceptance.

Many nations and organizations are attempting to silence the Christian faith. The study, displayed above, inadvertently also portrays the reality of what is taking place outside of the United States.

The reality is clear, the world is shunning Christianity, whether it be by sword or by secularization. In addition, the United Nations, which claims to aid the afflicted, has turned their back on the Christian minority. To add credence to American Exceptionalism, Vice President Mike Pence, an evangelical Christian, stated recently that America will bypass the UN and aid those who are under persecution.

“We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups,” Pence told the crowd gathered in Washington, DC, for the annual summit of In Defense of Christians (IDC).

“The United States will work hand in hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith. This is the moment, now is the time, and America will support these people in their hour of need.”

As American Christians stick close to their roots, to the Word of God, and to the faith the world is rapidly turning against the Christian religion.

As a follow up to the study published, I requested commentary from the authors of the study, you can see my questions and their responses below.

Are you a Christian?

Landon Schnabel: As a social scientist, I try to report empirical patterns without regard to what I might hope to find. As a social scientist who studies religion, I think it’s all the more important to avoid bias one way or the other (or even the appearance of bias one way or the other). Therefore, I generally don’t discuss my personal views publicly in connection with my research.

After conducting further research into the study, does it make you question what makes America so different?

Landon Schnabel: I think a few factors contribute to making the intensity of American religion unique, and will highlight two here: (1) the politicization of religion along with the rise of the Religious Right and (2) demographic patterns bolstering intense religion.

Religious and political identities are closely interrelated, and can reinforce one another. The rise of the U.S. Religious Right brought religious and political identities closely together, and people whose political identities are consonant with the Religious Right seem to be reinforced in their religious identities, and political liberals and moderates may see their political values conflicting with organized religion.

Immigration and fertility rates bolster intense religion and contribute to the decline of moderate religion. Immigrants are often from more religious countries, and sometimes from places where U.S. missionaries spread intense forms of Christianity. And religion is a strong predictor of fertility, with more intensely religious people having higher fertility rates than the moderately religious and the unaffiliated. Therefore, both immigration and higher fertility rates contribute to the persistence of intense religion. (Michael Hout makes this type of argument about Catholicism, showing how many young Catholics leave, but that immigration and fertility rates help replace the leavers)

How and why, in your opinion, is secularization failing in America?

Landon Schnabel: I don’t know if I’d say secularization is “failing” because “failing” seems to imply an intentional goal that isn’t being met. Some individual secular people in the U.S. may want secularization to happen, but secularism isn’t organized and institutionalized like religion so there doesn’t seem to be an intentional goal not being met. But I can say that the U.S. isn’t secularizing in the same way as comparable countries for the same types of demographic and partisanship reasons that intense religion is persistent. Secular people have fewer children and immigrants tend to be more religious than non-immigrants. And, for some groups in the U.S., religious and political identities are intertwined, and politically conservative people may stay more religious because they see it as matching their politics. And the U.S. is in some ways more politically conservative than many of the countries following the secularization thesis (e.g., they tend to have free national healthcare, etc.).

And it’s important to note that while the U.S. doesn’t fit the secularization thesis, Americans are disaffiliating from organized religion and average religiosity is declining despite the persistent intensity of American religion.

Is technology really the driving point behind the decline of religion?

Landon Schnabel: I’m not an expert on the relationship between technology and religion.

What’s your take on why people are departing the moderate, liberal, church?

Landon Schnabel: I think that moderate religion is on the decline in part due to demographic patterns and in part due to politics. In terms of demographic processes, people in moderate and liberal churches tend to have fewer children, and immigrants are less likely to be adherents to moderate or liberal denominations. So as people disaffiliate or simply age out they’re not being replaced at the same rate as the replacement happening among other groups. Consequently, mainline Protestants for example have a much higher average age than some other religious groups (a young average age is a sign of growth and an older average age a sign of decline). And I’m also guessing that some people are disaffiliating due to seeing religion as not matching their politics. Many of these people retain some beliefs and practices and aren’t necessarily secular, they just no longer affiliate with an organized religious group.

Landon Schnabel is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Indiana University, this year’s Wells fellow, and a consultant for a few groups working to address gender-based violence. Landon also teaches a service-learning seminar on statistics, research methods, and using data to prevent sexual violence for Indiana University’s Liberal Arts & Management Program.

Works Cited

Landon Schnabel, Sean Bock. “The Persistent and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion: A Response to Recent Research.” Sociological Science. . ( November 2017): 686-700. .

97 Comments

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Sue

Jesus was a radical.

tasdgs
tasdgs

Yes and He still is. His Gospel will always be radical to a non-believing world.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Yep. It’s surprising to note that most who claim to be ‘CHRISTIAN” know nothing of the gospels telling of the Christ, and those that know… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Some do better than others but there is only one Church that Our Lord Jesus Christ founded that was given the authority to teach. That… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Believe it or not, the vast majority of those claiming to be Christian, are totally unaware of the gospels telling the account of the Christ.… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

Oh? For example.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards

Then I must assume that you were taught that by the Catholic Church, and not from intense and in depth study of God’s inspired word.

tasdgs
tasdgs

I have been taught by both.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
That’s excellent, provided that you FORGOT everything the church taught you, BEFORE you began to study the scriptures in depth, and that you compared each… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
As compared to apostate Israel, I suppose THEY viewed him as radical. But you said “was”. Is it your belief he doesn’t exist any more?
tasdgs
tasdgs

This is not at all surprising. The remedy will be to return to the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.

Mic333
Mic333
If only the Catholic Church actually followed the teachings of our saviour! The Catholic Church doesn’t follow the Bible at all, in fact their pope… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Mic333 wrote, “If only the Catholic Church actually followed the teachings of our saviour!” It does. In fact, it is the Church that Our Lord… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
So which Bible do you use brother, the Catholic Bible, last I checked there were 66 books in the Bible not 73. As to our… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Mic333 wrote, “So which Bible do you use brother, the Catholic Bible,” Yes. “last I checked there were 66 books in the Bible not 73.”… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
NO religion or church of christendom is Christian. It’s the opposite of christian in fact. The Bible the Catholics use, the DR, is FILLED with… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery wrote, “NO religion or church of christendom is Christian.” NWT Matt. 16:18 18 Also, I say to you: You are Peter,p and on this… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
There exists, and have has existed, any church that claims to be Christian, that ever was, or is now. The Bible the Catholics use is… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Mic333; actually, they’ve been misled by Satan, “who is misleading the entire inhabited Earth”. Satan is responsible for ALL religions that man had any hand… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

Emery, who do you think has the right interpretation and how is one to find it?

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I am sorry, but NO interpretation is the right interpretation. God Himself said “does not ALL interpretation belong only to Me?” This means that we… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
So what you are saying is that you may not have the right interpretation. If there is no right interpretation then why did the Ethiopian… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Wow! It’s so refreshing to hear someone else who seems to know what they’re talking about. I used to belong to the Seventh Day Adventist… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

But how do you know that you have the right interpretation? Could you be wrong?

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Jesus did NOT create the Catholic church, Constantine did. Jesus taught that all churches are false religion, as did his Father. Jesus, on Nisan 14,… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery Richards wrote, “Jesus did NOT create the Catholic church, Constantine did” I have to disagree. Constantine legalized the Catholic Christian Faith throughout the Roman… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Hey brother, I hope you don’t mind but I borrowed your expression from the end of a comment about the church needing a congregation etc.… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
No, I don’t mind in the slightest. But I wanted to add something. It’s true that no church of man can survive without a congregation,… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery, Sorry that I have not gotten back with you, in a couple of days, but may I ask, again, if you are a Jehovah’s… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Maybe I should qualify myself. In 1975, right after high school, I began taking classes at a local college, on ancient Koine Greek, and ancient… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery wrote, “So, I began, also, to study with many different religions of Christendom, and found them all to be lacking in truth and honesty”… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333

Ok, so can you just explain one thing to me? Michael, one of the archangels, He was the spirit chosen to be begotten, right?

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Archangel means “head of the angels”. There is only one head of the angels, and therefore only one archangel. So there wasn’t “one of the… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Well I know that the JW’s believe that Michael is Yehshua as do the SDA’s. And as to there being only one archangel, what about… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Daniel 10:13 is referring to one of the princes of Persia, not the angel Michael. In Isaiah 11:2, it’s not referring to different “spirits”, it’s… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery wrote, “Jesus, who is now our King, is also called Michael the Archangel, in the only reference to Michael the Archangel in the entire… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Just a correction made by our JW friend brother, he states that Michael is only mentioned once in scripture, of course he is incorrect. Michael… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Mic333 wrote, “Just a correction made by our JW friend brother, he states that Michael is only mentioned once in scripture, of course he is… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
No fool, I said Jesus is called Michael once in the scriptures. What you posted is a fiction YOU invented. It amazes me that someone… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Anyway you look at it the JW teaching that Jesus and Michael are the same is condemned by the NWT. So which is it? Is… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Wow, it truly seems like you haven’t read any of my posts at all. Did I ever say I followed the RCC, no. Did I… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
It isn’t necessaary for you to claim that you follow the RCC, since EVERYTHING you post is a belief of the RCC. It isn’t a… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

So what happens if people live an evil life on this earth? Do they get punished in the next life?

Mic333
Mic333
So it’s quite obvious to me that you are not even reading my posts, so why should I bother with you as you keep spouting… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I don’t post opinions. Ever. Opinions mean nothing. And neither do I argue. It is equally as fruitless. Why you continue to “think” I do… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
You are absolutely correct my dear brother, Michael could not possibly be Jesus as all angels were created and Jesus was not. Also if you… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Mic333 wrote, “You are absolutely correct my dear brother, Michael could not possibly be Jesus as all angels were created and Jesus was not. So… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards

It is impossible for anyone to be more incorrect than you.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
The veil Satan has placed over the meaning of God’s word is very effective. You two are proof positive of that. God created His son… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

Emery wrote,

“God created His son and called him “the Word”. He begat Jesus. Created him”

Jesus was not created. He was/is God.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards

So you’ve officially swallow whole the greatest deception of Satan.

Mic333
Mic333
Actually our saviour was never called the word that is totally wrong maybe you should use that Greek you apparently learned and do some translating… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
You should take your own advice. My previous post stands. Your reward is this life. Nothing will be there for you after you die. Unless… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333

Guess not, May our Father bless you and yours.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
You have misquoted the NWT. And in any case, that is the LAMEST argument I’ve heard to date. Absolutely rediculous. Are you serious?
tasdgs
tasdgs

Instead of hurling insults why not address what the NWT says in relation to your doctrines. The two are not the same.

Mic333
Mic333
Well, I’m sorry but I can’t agree with your interpretation of scripture. To me it is quite obvious that Daniel 10:13 is speaking of Archangel… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Mic333 wrote, “for God’s true calendar uses not just the sun as this pagan Catholic calendar does but the sun, moon and stars as told… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
As far as day to day things I must of course use this pagan Gregorian calendar but for the Sabbath and our Fathers Holy Days… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

You will have to let me look at the finished product someday.

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
No, no one can agree on my “interpretation” of any scripture, because I NEVER INTERPRET ANY SCRIPTURES. God stated that only HE is to interpret… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Good day brother. I would truly love to study these 16,000 manuscripts you speak of if they were available. I have been studying the Dead… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I am happy to hear that you study God’s word. Few do. then you must know what God said about spiritism. And what Jesus said… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Good day brother. I will pick up a NWT Bible as soon as I can, thank you. As to spiritism,I’m not sure what you are… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
No translation says that God has seven spirits. It’s the UNDERSTANDING or rather, the LACK of understanding, God’s inspired word that you’re having a problem… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Ok, so seeing as you would like to concentrate on this subject let me point out to you where in scripture these are. Let’s start… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Incidentally, you have no right to tell anyone how they must speak to you, or what they are or are not to say. You either… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
I do apologize if you believe me to be pretentious, can you please point out to me where I have been this way towards you.… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I’ve already indicated to you that I am not going to engage in any conversations about the society, especially on this venue. And you must… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Actually I am not very young at all, have you ever heard of the expression, sense of humour, apparently not. I just find it very… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
People attack what they fear, and you and your little ignorant attack buddy are no exceptions. And judging by your horrible grammar, you are very… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
You seem to have a mental block or something. You’re using a FALSELY TRANSLATED BIBLE. To illustrate, I will take just the first quoted verse,… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
By the way brother, I have not yet ever quoted to you from the KJV, only from the English Standard Version and the Geneva Bibles… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Wow, you seem very self righteous all of a sudden, forgive me for having an opinion other than yours brother. Do you really think God… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
Many study “God’s Word”, but they study a falsely translated or an interpreted version of His word, and when they’re told that it’s false or… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
So your just going to ignore what I wrote to you previously? Whatever brother, I grow weary of trying to converse with you, pearls before… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny, that someone smack dab in the middle of babylon the Great, the world empire of false… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Did you actually read the posts I sent you? If you did you would realize that I have no part in religion , unlike yourself,… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
It always amazes me that people say things, having NO facts on the subject. You claim that a society is a church, when it isn’t.… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs
Emery wrote, “The council AT Nicea, at the hands of Constantine, a PAGAN emperor,” Constantine was baptized on his deathbed. “not to only discuss the… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Ok, I know I said I wouldn’t reply again but you’ve peeked my interest. What is this one true faith that Yehshua/ Immanuel taught in… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

I hope that Emery responds.

Mic333
Mic333
Hey brother, I wouldn’t worry if this guy gets back to you or not. If your not a JW your going to burn anyways, according… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
And why is that? If you’re so curious, invite the next person who warns you about the coming Kingdom into your home and talk to… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I find it difficult to believe that you don’t know what Jesus taught in the first century in his 3 ministries. Who is this Miller… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Of corse I know our Saviours teachings, it is because no church in existence today actually teaches them that I have left religion behind. And… Read more »
Emery Richards
Emery Richards

You’re not being honest. You asked me what Jesus taught. You said he didn’t teach the one true faith.

tasdgs
tasdgs

So when was the JW society formed?

Emery Richards
Emery Richards
We’re not going to make this a conversation about the society. But it adopted the name in I believe 1938 or 9. The one true… Read more »
Mic333
Mic333
Good evening brother. I am in total agreement with you. I myself was only born again in the spirit one year ago, about this time… Read more »
tasdgs
tasdgs

I do not mind talking Scripture with you Mic333.

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Emery Richards
Emery Richards
I can guarantee, that if you pray, honestly from the heart to God, to help you understand His inspired word, and ask Him to help… Read more »
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