March 1, 2024

43% Believe Religion Does More Harm than Good

Faith Trends

Most adults living in the United States consider themselves religious. However, a recent Pew Research Center report revealed that 28% of U.S. adults say they are either atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular.

Not all “nones” are nonbelievers, it’s just they’re less likely than religiously affiliated Americans to say they believe in God “as described in the Bible.” Most people in this group believe in God or some sort of higher power.

Why This Matters

Most “nones” say they were raised in a religion, usually Christianity. However, they are now disconnected from church or other religious institutions and do not attend religious services regularly.

From this group, 43% also believe religion does more harm than good in society, and while most “nones” do not believe science can explain everything, they express more positive view of science than religiously affiliated Americans do.

These findings present an opportunity for Christian organizations to reach out to those who consider themselves “nothing in particular” and meet them where they’re at. Many “nones” have experienced Christianity in the past and have found reasons to distance themselves from the church for whatever reason.

Perhaps if organizations can understand where the resistance or hurt lies and open safe communication channels, then this group will become more open to a life of faith once again.

Next Steps

To read further, and review this in-depth report from the Pew Research Center, click here.