No, Politics isn’t Replacing Religion

Daniel A. Cox September 22, 2022

Neither is Spirituality, Science, or Work

One of the most interesting aspects of Pew’s new report “ Modeling the Future of Religion in America,” is how little comment the findings generated. According to Pew, America’s religious future does not include many fewer Christians. They project the number of Christians living in the US to drop to about half the total population or plummet to one-third over the next five decades. A society in which only one of every three Americans is Christian is almost unrecognizable today, and yet it remains a distinct possibility. 

It’s one of eight scenarios Pew lays out in an attempt to predict the transformation of American religion over the next half-century. There are several variables at play—including the pace of disaffiliation, religious retention, birth rates, and patterns of immigration—all of which provide unique sources of volatility and variation. 

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Red leather-bound Qur'an on a wooden table with prayer beads and a light blue surgical mask draped over top.

Lindsey Witt-Swanson, Jennifer Benz, Daniel A. Cox
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Faith After the Pandemic: How COVID-19 Changed American Religion

The Survey Center on American Life at AEI teamed up with researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago to measure religious affiliation and attendance both before the pandemic (2018 to March 2020) and again in spring 2022, revealing who remained at the pews, who returned to the pews, and who left.

Brent Orrell, Daniel A. Cox, Jessie Wall
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The Social Workplace: Social Capital, Human Dignity, and Work in America

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Karlyn Bowman, Daniel A. Cox
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Gender, Generation and Abortion: Shifting Politics and Perspectives After Roe

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Daniel A. Cox
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The Democratic Party’s Transformation: More Diverse, Educated, and Liberal but Less Religious

The Democratic party has experienced a lot if change in recent years, where is this change most prominent in the days leading up to 2022 midterms?