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WATER retention rates — RE-legions

Come Out of Her My People

The “De-Churching” of America

The number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation has quadrupled since 1990. Yet what religion had the lowest retention rate of any? Perhaps shockingly the Atheist “retention rate” was the lowest among the 20 separate categories in the study.

Still, in 2005 only 17 percent of Americans attended a religious service Sunday morning.

According to a study by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), “those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the next lowest retention rate at 37 percent.

"those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults."

Only about 30 percent of those who grow up atheist remain atheists as adults.

  1. There were 1,387 atheists (weighted) in the survey.
  2. 432 weighted respondents said they were raised atheist.
    • Of those, 131 self-identified as atheist.

“What these findings reflect is that in the U.S. atheists are for the most part ‘made’ as adults after being raised in another faith. It appears to be much more challenging to raise one’s child as an atheist and have them maintain this identity in their life,” Dr. Mark Gray wrote at CARA’s blog.

Gray also noted that, “of those raised as atheists, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant de-nom-i-na-tion:

{ sounds like
o-bah-ma nation
or “digg na-tion
> iCare vs. O… }

  • 10% are Catholic,
  • 2% are Jewish,
  • 1% are Mormon, and
  • 1% are Pagan.”
{ Editor's note : the atheist religion does not self-identify as a religious tradition or institution, at least not until the advent of the Flying Spaghetti Monster } ...

Only 37% of all those who say they were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses still identify themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The earliest Watchtower magazines feature artwork with imagery similar to the Darwin pin above. FSM = Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The earliest Watchtower magazines feature artwork with imagery similar to the Darwin pin above. FSM = Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The study used the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life's 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey.

Thirty-eight percent of those who grew up with no particular religious faith or belief system remained that way.

{ /chill up parents spine here }
Please Note: Pew's original report did not include some of the retention rates. Pew provided CARA with the original data sets for the study.
Keep Calm, and Carry On. Roma was already my home.

Keep Calm, and Carry On. Roma was already my home.

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