The Rise of the ‘Nones’

John Stonestreet with The Point For the first time in American history, Protestants are no longer in the majority, says the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Now at 48 percent—the lowest number ever—Protestants are continuing on a steady decline. Who’s taking their place? Not Catholics, whose number are also falling, especially among the young.

According to Pew, it’s the “nones,” (that’s n-o-n-e-s), those who don’t identify with any church or tradition. As I said on BreakPoint last week, this trend reflects a privatized approach to religion, in which submission to church authority, fellowship and the sacraments are replaced by the dictates of individuals’ feelings and opinions.

Chuck Colson was adamant that Christianity not lived publicly and corporately is not Christianity. When Christ inaugurates a relationship with individuals, He calls them to a commitment to truth and to relationships with others in His body, the Church. For The Point Radio, I’m John Stonestreet.