“More than ever before, people are just making up their own stories of who they are. They say, ‘I’m everything. I’m nothing. I believe in myself,’ ”
Barry Kosmin, co-author of the new American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS).
Kosmin goes on to say that “Today, religion has become more like a fashion statement, not a deep personal commitment for many.”
Other interesting findings:
15% of Americans claim no religion at all.
The percentage of the population claiming to be baptist has dropped almost 4% since 1990.
The percentage of Muslims, while still slim, has doubled, from 0.3% to 0.6% of the population (though analysts suggest those numbers significantly undercount the adherents to Islam).
Oh, and nearly 2.8 million people now identify with Wiccan, pagan or “Spiritualist” groups.