Religion is on the decline in the United States. As younger millennials (born 1980-1996) replace the silent generation (born 1928-1945) so does the significance of religion in the culture. For example, according to a 2015 Pew Research survey, 67% of the silent generation say religion is important in their life versus 38% of the younger millennials1. Fifty-two percent of the millennials believe the Bible is the word of God, versus 69% of the silent generation. The religiously unaffiliated amounted to 23% of the US adult population in 2014 compared to 16% in 2007. The “none’s” are the fastest growing religious sect in the United States. Today, 43% of white Americans identify as Christian. In 1976, about 81% of white Americans identified with a Christian denomination2.
The Catholic Church is also undergoing an ethnic transformation. In 2016, 55% of Catholics identified as white and non-Hispanic. Twenty-five years ago, that number stood at almost 90%.
What is driving the decline? There appears to be no governing answer to the question. When asked the younger set responded: “Rational thought makes religion go out the window,” “Lack of scientific support,” “Realization that belief is no longer present,” “Making own decisions rather than relying on someone else’s opinion.” Basic questions that relate to creation, the big-bang, evolution, the great flood go unanswered while the questioner is told to believe3.
By my estimate, the decline is much larger than the surveys indicate. The term “Cafeteria Christian” is very much in vogue. In promoting my books (The Illusion of Death and Christianity’s Dirty Little Secrets) I have yet to find someone identifying as Christian who did not believe in reincarnation or was at least open to the idea. This demonstrates a very shallow understanding of their chosen religion. Christianity and reincarnation are mutually exclusive beliefs. God is not in the business of recycling souls; He creates them. And, once created the soul gets one and only one shot at life. In my experiences, I also find wide-spread disagreement with the Church’s discriminatory gender ideology, disgust over pedophile issues and the cover-up that accompanied them and the perception that the Catholic Church has become a haven for homosexual clergy.
From my perspective the biggest, most shameful lapse of all is in the fallacy of foundational resurrection doctrine. There was no Easter Sunday miracle. That which happened to Jesus on the first Easter Sunday is the natural the way the human body is designed to gracefully exit the planet. I make this statement in complete confidence based on my 2018 trip to Tibet and the study of the Tibetan Buddhist rainbow body phenomenon, the Buddhist version of resurrection. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the US Catholic Church’s governing body, is well aware of this error in foundational doctrine4 and is consciously withholding that knowledge from the membership.
Hitler once supposedly said something to the effect that, “If you are going to tell a lie, make it a big one. Simple minded people will see through small ones.” There is a lot of lying going on in Christianity, particularly the Catholic Church. As always, truth finds its way home. The time has come to pay the piper.
- Pew Research, “U S Public Becoming Less Religious,” October 29, 2015
- PRRI, “America’s Changing Religious Identity,” September 6, 2017
- Answers in Genesis, “Pew Research: Why Young People Are Leaving Christianity,” September 8, 2016.
- Devins, J. Thomas, Christianity’s Dirty Little Secrets: The Truth About Resurrection, The Rainbow Body, Religion and Reality, Self-published through LuLu Publishing, 2019, pp. 38-56.