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Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion—and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back

The American religious landscape has undergone substantial changes in recent years. However, one of the most consequential shifts in American religion has been the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans. This trend emerged in the early 1990s. In 1991, only six percent of Americans identified their religious affiliation as “none,” and that number had not moved much since the early 1970s. By the end of the 1990s, 14% of the public claimed no religious affiliation. The rate of religious change accelerated further during the late 2000s and early 2010s, reaching 20% by 2012. Today, one-quarter (25%) of Americans claim no formal religious identity, making this group the single largest “religious group” in the U.S.

PRRI

Why Are You Still A Christian After Reading This? (Thorough)

A true Bible study may actually shake your faith and even cause you to reconsider your association with Christianity. These are things your pastor isn’t going to utter in a Bible study (ironic that it’s called a study). My new life as a professor in science has really opened new doors to me. It has also closed a dark door in my past – Christianity. Many of you hear about some of the positive themes of Christianity, such as “love” and the whole “Jesus saves” story. I’m here to share with you some of the things I found in the Bible. I’m warning you that if you’re reasonable and honest and you ask questions – you might not like the answers.

Ultra TechLife™

The Right-Wing Doesn’t Want to Talk About Christian Atrocities, So Let’s Talk About Christian Atrocities

History is full of atrocities committed by Christians for Christ, against not just other religions but against Christians themselves. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

http://churchandstate.org.uk

NYC Mayor Failed to Stop Rabbis from Sucking on Newborns’ Penises and Giving Them Herpes

There’s a disturbing practice in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture known as metzitzah b’peh in which a rabbi (mohel) sucks the blood from a baby boy who has just been circumcised. I repeat: The rabbi sucks the baby boy’s penis post-circumcision… because religion.

If that wasn’t disgusting enough, some of the mohels have had herpes simplex, passing the virus on to the children. Since 2000, more than a dozen infants have contracted herpes in this manner and at least two have died.

Friendly Atheist @ patheos.com

Study Concludes Intercessory Prayer Doesn’t Work; Christians Twist the Results

This idea has been tested repeatedly — usually, the studies have flaws. And even when the results show that the intercessory prayer has no effect on anyone, those who believe in it will look at the hits and ignore (or rationalize) the misses.

Friendly Atheist @ patheos.com

Obama Signs New Law Giving Protection To Atheists

For the first time, atheists and other nonreligious persons are explicitly named as a class protected by the law.

Progressive Secular Humanist

Understanding Religion’s Ubiquity: Why We Created Gods

Secular Detective

Where do Southern Baptists go when they leave? The answer in one chart

The Southern Baptist Convention may be the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, but it is on the decline. For the ninth straight year, the Southern Baptist Convention has had a decline in membership.

Religion News Service

10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Religion

Church and State

Top Ten Signs You’re a Fundamentalist Christian

evilbible.com

The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense

crispian.net

Why Are Educated People More Likely to Be Atheists?

Religion works more through the emotions than through reason..

Church and State

13 Books Atheists Should Consider Reading

Atheist Republic

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