Every individual considers that the religion he or she puts into practice is the best. Most of the people believe that, in order to save the world from sins, it is highly important that one should be able to convert another individual in the religion that would enable that person to recognize God within him or her. Majority of the religions today are greatly diverse toward deeper understanding of God and salvation (Saranam, 2005). The United States is the home for an estimated 303, 824, 646 people, and it is noteworthy that United States is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world (CIA, 2008).
Majority of the people in the country participate in the so-called “organized religion,” while some partake in the practice of private spirituality (Brown, 2008, n. p. ). In addition to this, the religious landscape of America is a ground for diversity (Brown, 2008). Based on researches, it was found out that 81 percent of American adults have a specific religion. 52 percent of the population are Protestants, 24. 5 percent identify themselves as Roman Catholics, 1. 3 percent belong to the Jewish religion, and 0.5 percent are followers of Islam. Fifty years ago, American religious landscape was dominated by Christian religion.
However, it was documented that 159 million or 79 percent of the Americans identify themselves as Christians. This figure shows a decline of 86. 2 percent since 1990. For 11 years, the Christian religion suffered a loss of 9. 7 percent of followers, with 0. 9 percent loss every year. If the decline would continue by year 2042, it is expected that Christians in the US would be outnumbered by non-Christians.
It was also stated that the population of Neopagan followers are rapidly increasing. Neopagan religion is also known as Wicca or is sometimes called as Witchcraft. From 1990 there were 8,000 adherents of the Neopagan religion, and just in 2001, the rates increased to 134,000 followers. The number of the followers of the said religion is doubling every 30 months (“Religious trends in America,” 2008). In a study performed by USA today Gallup poll in January of 2002, alienation from organized religion was apparent in almost half of the population of American adults.
About 50 percent identified themselves as religious which showed a decline of 54 percent from December of 1999. Meanwhile, 33 percent said that they are spiritual but not religious, and about 10 percent of the population identified themselves as neither religious or spiritual (USA today Gallup poll, 2002 cited in “Religious trends in America,” 2008). 50 years from now, there will be a continuous growth in the diversity of the religious landscape of America. There would be new religious expressions that will emerge alongside the increase of the new wave of immigrants.
When this happens, there would be a threat of uncertainty in the religious identity of a multi-religious nation such as the US (Brown, 2001). The changing religious landscape in America will not only impact individuals but the whole community as well. However, it is crucial that one must take note of the future tense of these changes in the religion because in a deeper sense, the religion that every individual is practicing and would be practicing would allow each person to perceive the true meaning of things and would enable people to fully understand the objective of understanding God and salvation.