Religious Unaffiliation on the Rise Globally, Some Groups Grow

London: According to a report released by the Pew Research Center in 2019, the number of adults who describe themselves as “religiously unaffiliated” is on the rise in the United States and many other countries. The report reveals that this trend is not unique to the US, as countries across Europe, Asia, and the Pacific have also seen an increase in the number of people who identify as “nones,” or those who do not associate with any particular religion.

The report indicates that the percentage of adults in the United States who describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated has grown from 16% in 2007 to 26% in 2019. This increase is significant, and it indicates that the trend is likely to continue in the coming years. The Pew Research Center notes that this shift is not limited to the US, as countries across Europe, Asia, and the Pacific have seen similar increases in the number of people who identify as “nones.”

Despite this trend, the report also highlights that many people still identify with various religions. For example, Christianity remains the most widely practiced religion in the world, with an estimated 2.4 billion followers. Islam is the second-largest religion, with an estimated 1.8 billion followers. Other religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism, also have significant numbers of followers.

The report also notes that while some religious groups may be declining in some parts of the world, they are growing in other areas. For example, the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by 2060, while the number of Muslims in Europe is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.

Overall, the report highlights the changing religious landscape in many parts of the world. While the number of people who identify as religiously unaffiliated is on the rise, there are still many people who identify with various religions. Additionally, some religious groups are growing in some parts of the world, indicating that the global religious landscape will continue to evolve in the coming years.