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Subject: Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline Date: 10/10/2012 8:56 AM
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Number of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

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"For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds of the population. A new study released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that it was not just liberal mainline Protestants, like Methodists or Episcopalians, who abandoned their faith, but also more conservative evangelical and “born again” Protestants."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/us/study-finds-that-the-nu...

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"I am not formally religious but here in the Northeast, it is not at all difficult to understand why so many older "mainstream" Protestant denominations are on the decline. They've become limp mouthpieces for an Obama-type agenda and in addition they are breathtakingly boring. You have to have a reason to belong to a religion and Protestant denominations in this part of the country don't give you one."

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"A lot of the younger people are very spotty in their attendance at worship, but if we have a mission project, they’re here,” said Ms. Lindner, the pastor of a Presbyterian church in New Jersey. “They run the soup kitchens, they build the houses in Habitat for Humanity.”

Moral therapeutic deism. Better than oogedy-boogedy religion?
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