Lack of faith? Study finds more Americans do not identify with religion


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 5:44 AM

(WHAS11) -- More and more Americans are saying they do not identify themselves with a traditional religion. So what's behind the sudden loss of faith?

Faith in America is going through a seismic shift. As the times change, so does religion and people's faith in it.

According to a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, people that say they are claiming no religion are steadily rising. Dr. Michael Jinkins the President of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary says he sees an opportunity in what the report reveals.

"I didn't find the report to be discouraging at all, I found it to be a nice wake up call for us, "  said Dr Jinkins.
A closer look at the report reveals that over the past five years people claiming no religion rose to almost 20 percent of the population. That is up 15 percent.

Protestants declined from 53 percent to 48 percent of the population. Making protestants no longer the US majority.

Dr. Jinkins says the numbers tell him they need to listen rather than react.

"They are telling us something we need to hear. They are saying they are discouraged. They are discouraged by a church that may be more interested in its prestige and powers and position than matters that may appear central," said Dr. Jinkins.
He says it may be a call to do more to draw people back to their faith.

"If we are not doing those things and we are being told we are not doing those things we should pay attention to that message, " said Dr. Jinkins.