New Religious Survey

Fastest growing religion?  Well, it’s hard to say because Scientology gets lumped in with Wiccans, Druids and more in the latest survey.  There is growth but how much is Scientology and how much is attributed to New Age followers or Unitarians?   And while there have been an additional 1.5 million people claiming to be members of new religious movements since 1990, there have also been an extra 11 million Catholics in that time.

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3 Comments on “New Religious Survey”

  1. Dissenting Voice Says:

    “Scientology, New Age, Eckankar, Spiritualist, Unitarian-Universalist, Deist, Wiccan, Pagan, Druid, Indian Religion, Santeria, Rastafarian.”

    Yeah, just about each of these religions claims it’s America’s or the World’s ‘fastest growing religion.’ For proof, check out some Wicca, Druidic, Santerian or other website friendly to one of the above groups.

    That’s the real problem with a catch-all category like that. Tom Newton or anybody could start a religion, claim his wife and family as members, and then he can say proudly that his is the fastest growing religion.

    Sadly, people don’t see that that fact means -nothing-. It has no bearing on the truth or usefulness of a belief system. Consider any sport or game or political party that you don’t think very highly of. Now imagine I tell you it’s the world’s fastest growing sport/game/party. Does it suck any less?

  2. AlexM Says:

    I like these suveys as they are very accure in determining religious trends espeically in America, which is a very Christian nation, well at least it is in most states.

    I find it interesting that most people in general are finding God outside religion and that the belief in an impersonal God is quite popular. I am a reformed Jew which is quite liberal and non-dogmatic. Many more open religions that accept woman and gay rights are also growing but mostly in progressive states like California, however according to to survey Catholicism has grown quite a bit too.

    I personally would like to see the actual number of people who say that they are actually Scientologists, rather then the very broad term of NRM and Other Religions.

  3. 3rdman Says:

    Interesting how Scientology was grouped. Not important enough to be counted as its own religion, maybe? Who knows. I’ll be waiting for the next U.S. Census release.

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