Tue 28 April 2009, The Times

How often does an American change religion?

By Bess Twiston-Davies
Bess writes: Question:why do Americans switch religious denomination? And so frequently? Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the US follows up a major 2008 Pew Forum Study that discovered a whopping 44 per cent of adults in the United States have either switched religious affiliation or abandoned links to a particular faith. Pew Forum’s latest survey – of 2,800 US adults released Monday – looks at the phenomenon in greater depth. The findings include the fact that most who switch denomination will have done so by the age of 24. However, as a Forum Researcher told the LA Times , faith changes tend to be gradual rather than dramatic.
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