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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Faith Retention Rates

Here's an interesting chart for you to ponder (click on the image to enlarge).

2 comments:

Donald Sensing said...

Good info to know, but I also wonder whether the source data also show how many Methodists, for example, stay active in the Christian faith, but in another denomination.

It strikes me that only the two oldest Christian denominations, Catholic and Greek Orthodox, have anything like acceptable figures. And they both have clear standards and expectations of their members. We Methodists are not even retaining half. And almost every Christian denomination ranked lower than us has looser standards of faith and practice.

Finally, there is no functional, theological or philosophical difference between "nones" and "atheists." Combined, they retain the same percentage as Catholics.

Not very encouraging stuff, this.

Donald Sensing said...

Ah, here is a lot more info:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2012/07/14/perhaps-atheists-should-be-hitting-the-panic-button/