This is a holiday weekend, and news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is virtually non-existent — at least so far.
Well, you may find this interesting. It’s at the website of the Gallup Organization: U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades. It’s consistent with what we talked about last week in Creative Challenge #58: What’s Going On?, but it’s a different study with different data. One excerpt should be sufficient:
As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018.
U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.
We’ll keep looking for news, but that’s all we could find so far, which means we’ll have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we hereby declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
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