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2009-MAR: USA: New ARIS study released: Membership
numbers from individual religious denominations and traditions are notoriously
unreliable. Some Christian faith groups assume that ever baptized person remains
a member even though they have not attended services in decades. On the other
extreme, some faith groups count only active members. The only reliable method
of assessing religious identification is to ask people via a telephone survey.
The American Religious Identification Survey was conducted in 1990 and
2001 among American adults, excluding those in Alaska and Hawaii. It has been
repeated in 2008-FEB-NOV among 54,461 respondents who were questioned in English
or Spanish. Results were released in 2009-MAR.
The overall trends indicate:
A continuing loss in market share for Christianity.
In spite of what is often reported in the media, only 70% of
Americans believe in a personal God; 12% are either
Atheists (do not believe in God's existence) or
Agnostics (do not know whether a personal God exists). Surprisingly, 12% are
Deists (believe in a higher power but not a personal
God) even though the vast majority have never heard of the term. However, when
asked what their religion is, only 1.6% of American adults call themselves
Atheist or Agnostic.
The percentage of Catholics has remained relatively constant,
having dropped from 26.2% of the population in 1990 to 25.1% of the population
in 2008. The percentage of other Christian churches -- mainly Protestant -- had
dropped from 60% to 51% over the same interval.
The "Nones" -- composed of Atheists, Agnostics and those with no
religious affiliation -- rose from 8.2% of the population in 1990 to 15.0% in
Although past trends continue, the rate of change is slowing
2009-MAR-14: DiversityInc announces top 50 American companies: DiversityInc maintains an annual Diversity® List.
The top 10 on the 2009 list are Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Ernst & Young,
Marriott International, ProcewaterhouseCoopers, Sodexo, Kaiser Permanente,
Merck & Co., The Coca-Cola Co., and IBM Corp. Luke Visconti, CEO of
"This year's data shows dramatically improved results in the DiversityInc Top
50, especially in senior management and board representation across both
gender and race. Culturally, we're seeing CEOs implement accountability and
communications programs on an unprecedented scale. The results reflect
substantial movement." 2
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"American Religious Indetification Survey [ARIS 2008],"
Trinity College, 2009-MAR, at:
http://b27.cc.trincoll.edu/ This is a PDF file.
"2009 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies," DiversityInc,
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Copyright © 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2009-MAR-04
Latest update: 2009-MAR-14
Compiler: B.A. Robinson