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Why More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought

Why More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought

It’s no secret that the United States is a religious country. But you may not know that the number of atheists in America may be higher than we thought.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that the number of Americans who don’t identify with any religion is on the rise. In 2007, 16 percent of Americans identified as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular.” By 2014, that number had grown to 23 percent.

What’s driving this increase? One possible explanation is the growing number of people who don’t identify with any religion. But another possibility is that more Americans self-identify as atheists, even if they still believe in God.

The Pew study found that the number of people who say they believe in God has stayed relatively stable over the past seven years. But the number of people who say they are “absolutely certain” about God’s existence has declined from 71 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2014.

So why are more Americans choosing to identify as atheists? One possibility is that they see atheism as a more positive identity than before. In a 2014 Pew survey, 61 percent said atheists were “morally opposed” to them. But in a 2017 survey, that number had dropped to 50 percent.

This change may be due, in part, to the growing acceptance of atheism in America. In a 2016 study, the Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of Americans say atheism is either “okay” or “good.”

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that the number of atheists in America is growing. And as the country becomes more accepting of atheism, that number will likely continue to grow.

Bottom line

The number of atheists in America is growing, possibly because more people are self-identifying as atheists. This change may be due to the growing acceptance of atheism in America.

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