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View Diary: More Republican demographic death spiral: 'No religion' a plurality among Americans 18-30 (145 comments)

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    Small o orthodox Christianity predates the Settlement.  But only in the past 50 years or so has adherence to it come to mean being social reactionaries and identifying with reactionary political movements.

    Around 75% of the population identifies as Christian, with 30-40% of the population identifying as theologically committed Christians.  Both the softcore and the hardcore Christian identification sink as the No Religion demographic expands.

    I've seen debates in conservative circles whether people can be authentic conservatives if they're not religious.  The consensus is basically no.  Some form of Ancient World religious adherence- to Plato or other kinds of gussied up Ancient World paganism, to illiberal Christianities, to illiberal Judaism- is  non-optional to have cred.  Of course there's an internal ranking and Muslims, Jews, Platonists, and right wing Protestants are deemed substantially lesser than ortho Catholics.  The breakup and decline of the Anglicans and the vote-with-their-feet decline of white Catholics are considered tragedies internally.

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