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To the question “Religious Affiliation ?”, 22.8% of Americans now reply “None”. They are the Nones. As recently as 2007 they were only 16.1%. Catholics still have some Nuns but are outnumbered by Nones. Only 20.8% of the U.S. population identify themselves as Catholics, and 14.7% as mainline Protestants. Many former believers are now saying they have no religious affiliation at all.

We all remember the old saw that statistics are like bikinis : interesting in what they reveal, vital in what they conceal. It would, however, seem safe to say that in the States religion is in trouble. But don’t bury it just yet. Not only could there be a comeback, but Christianity is alive and thriving in Africa and South America. It’s time to get cracking on a multilingual version of the Blog.

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