Why Americans are turning away from organized religion

Jul 1, 2013

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The US ranks as one of the most religious nations among industrialized countries, but that may be changing. A Pew survey released last October showed that one-fifth of American adults say they don’t identify with any religion. Among young people under 30, nearly a third say they are religiously unaffiliated. And, these numbers appear to be on the rise.

Is this evidence that America is becoming a secular nation, or is this simply a temporary trend? This week on Intersection, we’ll take a look at the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.


Debra Mason, director, of the Center on Religion & the Professions

Richard “Chip” Callahan, chair, MU Department of Religious Studies

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia

Kimberly Winston, national correspondent, Religion News Service (joining by phone)