By Drew Dyck
When the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) released its findings in 2009, the media took notice. USA Today reported that “Most religious groups in USA have lost ground.” Other publications were more sensationalistic. Newsweek ran a story with a headline announcing “The End of Christian America.”
By Byron Johnson
It is very popular these days to claim that religion—especially among the young—is not only in decline, but that people are leaving the faith in droves. This is, of course, a story many in the media are happy to help disseminate as if it were true. Sadly, joining the media in making such claims are a number Christians, armed with bad data or a lack of understanding when it comes to interpreting data, or both.
By John Wilson