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Protestant Denomination Decline in Contemporary America

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What are the principal reasons for the proportional decline of Protestant denominations in contemporary America?

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According to Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the percentage of people calling themselves Protestants are in decline. Joshua A. Goldberg of the Christian Post states that the highest membership losses were in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the American Baptist Churches and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1).

Historian Mark Noll notes that some of those leaving traditional Protestant churches are moving towards "fundamentalist, evangelical, or charismatic churches"(2) .

However, most of those leaving are not heading towards another church, but instead are removing themselves from organized religion completely. Several reasons have been ...

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This solution looks at reasons behind the Protestant denomination decline in contemporary America.