Monday, February 25, 2008

Study Shows America a Not-So Christian Nation

A new study that has come out has shown that the United States is "less Christian" than it once was, and that adults are now more likely to switch their affiliation to religious groups.

"The presumption of a Protestant framework for understanding the American character is now a thing of the past," said Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

"We are an increasingly pluralistic society, and we Protestants now have to think much about how we can contribute to the common good as simply just one more voice in the American choir," he said in an e-mail.

As as Latino/Hispanic/Brown man I also found this quote interesting:

Immigrants to the United States are twice as likely as native-born Americans to identify with the Catholic church. One in three adult Catholics is Latino.

I grew up Catholic and have 2 very Catholic grandmother's, one being a former nun. It was not shocking to hear that Hispanics are more prone to hang with the Pope than with Luther, I often in fact call New Mexico the Catholic belt loop of America. I think one of the reasons for Hispanics and their leaning towards Catholicism is the importance of the Virgin Mary. In Hispanic families the grandmother of the family is often the center of the family. My father's mother is the center of our family, really almost everything we do revolves around her, kinda mafia like. I think that the strong emphasis the Catholic church has on the mother of Jesus provides some familiarity and relatability with the Hispanic. That is just my opinion.

Click Here for the LA Times Article

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