“If you find yourself gazing at empty pews this weekend and thinking, “They’ll come back when they have kids of their own, you’re in denial” according to  the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) which released a report…thought of as a compilation of anonymous exit interviews…

The number one reason Americans identified as important
motivations in leaving their childhood religion was: THEY STOPPED BELIEVING IN THE RELIGION’S TEACHINGS (60%).”

http://religiondispatches.org/theyre-not-coming-back-the-religiously-unaffiliated-and-the-post-religious-era/

Could the fact that Americans have “stopped believing in the religion’s teachings” today be due to religion’s fear of letting creeds and doctrines grow beyond their foundational (often literal) interpretations?

Literal & Poetic Interpretations of Catholicism, the real split?

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