When the Pew Research Center released their new study on the religious views of Americans last October, nonbelievers rejoiced and believers were aghast. According to an article in TIME Magazine shortly after the report was released, neither response was warranted.
"But both responses—the alarmed resistance from many corners of organized religion and the smug celebration among many atheists—are a misreading of the Pew findings. The survey reveals neither a 'tsunami of secularism,' ...nor a triumphant upsurge of 'godless' atheists who revere Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Despite the rise in the religiously unaffiliated, for example, Pew also found that more than two-thirds of those [religiously unaffiliated] people believe in God. What’s out there instead is a nation of people who... acknowledge faith as a positive human urge but are increasingly, and not too surprisingly, turned off by the often archaic institutions that claim to represent faith." They believes that churches and religious instututions benefit society 'by strengthening bonds and aiding the poor,' but also are 'too concerned' with money, power, rules and politics.
Read the full article HERE.