The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, and Christians have increasingly become politically involved in American politics, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
The report, “Religious Segregation in the U.S.: A Survey of U.K. and U.D. Churches,” shows that the percentage of Christians who are politically affiliated has risen from 15 percent in 2013 to 28 percent today.
It also finds that the number of Christians in the United States has doubled over the past 30 years, from 13 percent in 1963 to 19 percent today, and that more than half of U,S.
Christians are now members of religious congregations, according the report.
“Religious diversity is a good thing,” said David Campbell, president of the Religious Landscape Survey, which is a national survey of nearly 2,000 U.B.C. and B.C.-based churches.
“It gives people the opportunity to see what other people are saying, and it gives people an opportunity to make their own decisions about what they think is right,” Campbell said.
The number of American Christians who identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated grew by 2 percent over the same period, from 16 percent to 19.7 percent, according with the report, which was based on surveys conducted in 2016 and 2017.
The number of unaffiliated Americans also jumped, from 9.2 percent in 2016 to 13.3 percent in 2017, the report said.
While the Pew report indicates a decline in religious affiliation, Campbell said there are still a lot of churches that have the potential to become politically engaged.
“We can have a secular political agenda that is inclusive and that’s inclusive of people of different backgrounds,” Campbell added.
“But when we do that, when we say, ‘No, no, no,’ we get the opposite effect of what we want.”
The report found that while the number in the unaffiliated population has been declining since 2013, the proportion of unaffilced people in the country has increased.
The unaffiliated, or those who say they are unaffiliated because they are Christian, have grown from about 5 percent in 2012 to more than 15 percent today.(AP Photo/David Goldman)The Pew report also shows that, in the 2016 presidential election, more than one in three voters in the American electorate identified as Christian.
That number has been increasing since the 2010 census, when Pew found that the share of the U,B.CA. population that identified as “Christian” dropped from 12.2 to 11.6 percent.
But the share identifying as “atheist” grew from 5.5 percent in 2010 to 8.4 percent in 2014.
The percentage of people identifying as Christian as a whole has remained fairly stable over the last several years, according in the report.(AP photo/Mark Lennihan)While the number is higher today, the percentage who identify as Christian is growing faster than the percentage identifying as atheist.
The Pew report shows that there are more than 1.2 million U.
Ca. churches that hold a religious affiliation.
It said there were about 9.6 million U,D.C., churches in 2016, but the Pew data doesn’t include any of the approximately 2.4 million churches in the state of Texas.
In addition to the increase in the number, there is a lot more that churches can do to make themselves politically visible, said Mark Lenniham, executive director of the American Values Project, a nonprofit that focuses on American Christianity.
“The more we can connect with our neighbors, with our friends, with the public, the more we’re able to say, as a Christian, that we’re not afraid to stand up for what’s right,” Lennihamp said.
Lennihamp noted that churches should also be more visible when they’re hosting a conference or a gathering, and should make sure that their messages and their events are accessible to the public.
The Pew Research report found more than 90 percent of the congregations surveyed in 2016 were located in the Southern states, which make up the majority of the population.
The states with the largest numbers of unafflagged Christians are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, the Pew study found.