A new study from the American Values Survey finds that the number of Protestants is on track to reach a record high of nearly 30 percent.
The survey found that while the number is a tiny fraction of the overall population, it is growing in every demographic group.
A majority of Americans say they are “very” or “somewhat” religious.
They’re also more religious than the national average.
The number of people identifying themselves as Protestants grew from 24 percent in 2000 to 29 percent in 2016.
The percentage of people who say they’re religiously unaffiliated dropped from 14 percent in 2020 to 12 percent in 2018.
RELATED:The new poll was conducted from April 8 to May 4 among 1,001 adults, including 1,014 Americans with no religion.
A full sample of the population is available online.
The study is based on responses from 4,014 adults who have a high school degree or less.
Among the questions, respondents were asked: “How important is your belief that the Bible is true?”
“How often do you attend services, pray, read scriptures or study the Bible at home?”
“What do you think of the current state of the American church?”
“Have you had any experiences with other Protestants or Protestants in general?”
“If the current national and state political environment makes it more difficult for you to live as a member of the Protestant faith, how would you respond?”
“Are there any other Protestant religions or denominations you are particularly interested in?”
“Who do you consider your Christian parents?”
“Do you think there is any reason you should believe in a divine being or God?”
“Which religious group are you most comfortable with in America?”
RELATED :New poll finds American Catholics more devout than the U.S. population as a wholeSource The Globe and Mail title ‘God doesn’t exist’: Catholics see no need for a new pope article Pope Francis has given a speech that included the claim that Catholics can’t be saved by the traditional Protestant religion.
He said Catholics can live the faith, but that they can’t convert to it.
And that is the case in all other denominations, including the Catholic Church, he said.
It’s just not true, Francis said.
“The church is not a religion.
It is a community of believers,” he said in a speech at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
A Vatican statement said Francis’s speech “confirms the Church’s commitment to the truth and the authority of the Bible, and to the unity of all believers.”
He said it “clearly expresses a view of Catholic faith that does not necessarily reflect the views of all Christians.”
RELATED RELATED More than a million Americans call themselves Protestant, Catholics, or OrthodoxCatholic leaders, including prominent Protestants, said the survey, which was conducted in early June.
More than one-quarter of the Americans surveyed — 23 percent — identified as Catholics, while 15 percent identified as Protestant.
About 7 percent of those surveyed said they are Orthodox.
“Our numbers are rising,” said Michael Nugent, president of the Catholic League of Greater Boston, which sponsored the survey.
RELATIVELY Catholic America has a higher proportion of Protestants than any other religion, the study found.
About 22 percent of Protestants are Protestants, compared with 15 percent of Catholics.
And Protestants are more likely than Catholics to attend services weekly and to be religious.
“We have been growing as a religious community,” Nugent said.
RELATIONSHIP:Catholic church faces backlash over pope’s speech Religious groups, like Catholics, have been quick to condemn Francis’s remarks.
The Southern Baptist Convention said it would move its national convention from the U-turning Southern Christian Leadership Conference next month, in a move that would further marginalize the church in the U, and would have a chilling effect on the future of the Southern Baptist tradition.
“Francis has demonstrated a total lack of faith in the biblical teaching of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and a contempt for the traditions of the United States and the world,” SBC President Ralph Reed said in the statement.
“There is no doubt that the pope is unfit to lead the Catholic church and will not be able to fulfill the promises of the Lord and His Gospel.”
RELATIONSHIPS:Catholic bishops discuss bishops’ role in dioceses and seminariesThe survey also found that more than two-thirds of Catholics in the United Kingdom — 68 percent — said they have been influenced by Pope Francis’s comments about Catholics.
About a quarter of those polled said they’ve heard some of his comments about their church.
“When it comes to Catholics, Francis has proven to be a polarizing figure,” said John B. Bennett, director of the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.
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