In a society once dominated by organized religion not so long ago, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) indicates that a secular shift is gradually taking place concerning religious beliefs, or the lack thereof. Some employees as Boraie Development (blog.nj.com) have learned that the latest CFI survey shows that nearly 23 percent of Americans (agnostics, atheists, and the nothing-in-particulars) aren’t necessarily bound together by affinity, yet collectively they’re the second-largest group in the country, only to be outnumbered by Evangelical Protestants at just over 25 percent. In what appears to be a growing trend, religiosity may be taking a back seat to newer generational value systems espoused by millennials, which is based upon random sample population inquiries over the last decade or so.
According to Reddit, millennials are taking up a greater share of the secular increase; in 2007 the lay population in America totaled 16 percent and has steadily climbed by roughly one percent each year.
Ronald A. Lindsay, CEO of CFI, sees a nation that is slowly breaking away from the strictures contained in various religious doctrines and relying more on the tangibles in life, as opposed to the invisible hand that seemingly writes the fate-ordained grand narrative script for religiously bound Americans.
Lindsay also seems to feel that the country is slowly adhering to the doctrines crafted by America’s founding fathers, who largely favored deism during the 17th and 18th centuries. In short, deism is a belief in God guided by reason rather than revelation; one of its main principles is that God set the cosmos into motion and does not interfere with outcomes.
Even though church and state are designed to be separate, Lindsay is disappointed by how very few politicians are openly nonreligious; Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson are living proof that faith-based denominations may play a heavy role in which of the 2016 presidential conservative nominees make the final cut.