By Michael Gerson, National Review staff writerFor the first time in history, a substantial percentage of Americans are not members of any religious denomination.
The number of Americans who identify as agnostic, atheist, or a “nothing in particular” has plummeted from nearly 30 percent in the 1960s to less than 15 percent today, according to a Pew Research Center study.
This is an unprecedented decline in American religiosity, the study found.
The decline of American religious affiliation in the last 40 years is the steepest among industrialized nations.
“The drop in the number of members of religious denominations is the greatest in the past three decades,” says Peter Boghossian, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of The Religion of Our Age.
“It is a remarkable shift.”
The Pew study, which was based on data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau between 2000 and 2013, found that the number and percentage of Amish members dropped from approximately 25 percent to just under 11 percent between 2001 and 2011.
But it also found that members of the Amishes are much less likely to have a high school diploma than their counterparts in the rest of the U, including some in the Northeast.
About 4 percent of Amishes were college graduates in 2011, according the Pew study.
About 6 percent were employed, compared with 17 percent of the general population.
The Amish are largely a rural-based Christian denomination, which means they live in towns and cities and have limited contact with the wider American society.
It is not unusual for Amish children to grow up without any knowledge of a television, radio, or the internet.
In addition, their social isolation can result in an inability to connect with the outside world, which is a problem in an era of global warming and technological advances.
“Amish people are very isolated, very isolated,” says Boghosian.
“There is a kind of a separation, even among the Amis themselves.
It’s not a family, it’s a community.
They’re very small.”
The Amishes don’t believe in a higher power, and many believe in supernatural beings, who are often represented by the Amisha, the tribe of spirits who reside in the mountains of West Virginia.
In some Amish communities, supernatural entities such as vampires and witches exist, and the Amishers have a belief that their ancestors once lived in the ancient past, the Pew report found.
The Pew report concluded that Amish religious affiliation is on the decline because of the secularization of American society, which has brought greater diversity into American life.
In fact, the decline in Amish religiosity has been largely driven by secularization, not religion.
Boghasian says the rise of secularism has been an “exceptional phenomenon” because it has not affected the Amished.
“We’re talking about a declining religious group in the U: about a third of the population has not been part of a religious congregation in the 20th century, and we’re talking more and more about this as people come of age and get married and have children,” Boghonsian says.
Bojasian cautions that the Pew survey did not include many Amish groups that have been struggling with economic hardship, unemployment, or other economic hardships in recent years.
“I do think that we should be concerned about the secularizing effects of globalization,” he says.
“But I do not believe that secularization has led to a loss of the value of religious identity, or that the Amishing are in a position where they need to be secularized.”
But they are also a reflection in their religion of the American landscape. “
The AmISHs are an example of how you can have a relatively secular, middle-class, white-collar, suburban American community that is very much a reflection of the world around them.
But they are also a reflection in their religion of the American landscape.
The secularization is real.”
In the United Kingdom, the proportion of Amishers who have a bachelor’s degree or higher dropped from about 22 percent in 2002 to about 12 percent in 2012, according a Pew study published in 2014.
The number of Amis who have completed a post-graduate degree has also fallen significantly.
In England, the number dropped from 9 percent to 6 percent between 2007 and 2014.
In the U.”s Midwest, the percentage of those who had completed a bachelor degree dropped from 17 percent in 2000 to 12 percent by 2010.
The United States has had a long history of religious freedom and religious tolerance, according Boghsian.
In the 1950s, for example, the AmISH religion had no formal hierarchy, which Boghoosian describes as the first of its kind in the world.
The Amish lived in a small, rural community, and they believed in a number of other deities, including the sun god and the moon goddess