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Mainline Protestantism Benefits Least from Competitive Religious Marketplace

At the end of the American Revolution, there were about 20 religious groups in the United States, and fewer than 15 percent of Americans were formally associated with churches. Today the U.S. has more than 2,000 religious communities, and about 85 percent of Americans indicate a religious affiliation. While most religious groups have benefitted from religious diversity, competition and growth, mainline Protestant churches have failed to engage in robust evangelism for several generations; hence, they are declining while their competitors thrive. Read an essay, complete with embedded links to additional material, available from the Assocaition of Religion Data Archives.

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