The Long, Slow Death of Religion

MARCH 15, 2021 BY JAMES A. HAUGHT By James A. Haught By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church — or even belong to a church. They tell interviewers their […]

The Lifted Weight

NOVEMBER 11, 2020 BY ADAM LEE For years to come, millions of Americans will remember where they were when the presidential election was called for Joe Biden. I was at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx with my family, enjoying a glorious autumn afternoon. It was sunny and warm, unseasonably so, and the city […]

Watching Religion Die

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY ADAM LEE By James A. Haught Religion is fading more quickly in the United States than in any other nation, according to a forthcoming research book. Religion’s Sudden Decline: What’s Causing It and What Comes Next, by University of Michigan scholar Ronald Inglehart, is to be released in January by Oxford University […]

The Great American Happiness Cliff

 JULY 8, 2020 BY ADAM LEE America is not okay. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the National Opinion Research Center which found that Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years: This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. […]

Downward, Christian Soldiers

JULY 1, 2020 BY ADAM LEE When trying to explain the decline of Christianity in America, a common apologist refrain is that it’s the squishy liberal mainstream churches that are suffering, whereas the rock-ribbed conservative and evangelical denominations are standing firm against cultural tides. If you hear anyone making this argument, refer them to an article […]