According to the new American Religious Identification Survey which was published earlier this week, most religious groups have suffered membership losses since the first ARIS in 1990. The 2008 ARIS has found an 11% decrease in Christian membership within a generation. While mainline Protestant denominations, Baptists, and Catholics have suffered most, Pentecostal/Charismatic groups have had a limited growth during the same period. But the biggest winners are atheists and agnostics, which have grown by 6.8 % and 2.9%, respectively. This, along with an increase of the percentage of those affiliated with other religious groups such as Wiccans and Muslims, may indicate a steady change in the U.S. religious landscape. Read full story here.
The Social Ethic of Religiously Unaffiliated Spirituality
By Siobhan Chandler , Wilfrid Laurier University
(Vol. 3, February 2008)
[iv]  Religion presumably was represented on North American soil for thousands of years, as evidenced …
From A New Dictionary of Religions