Brooks starts out by noting that those with no religious affiliation now account for a fifth of all Americans and a third of young American adults (a development that, in my view, is to be celebrated).Which is funny because in 1906 only 41% of Americans identified themselves with any religious affiliation. By 1998, that number had risen to 70%, which was roughly the high point of the 20th century. Now if 1/5th of Americans are declaring "no religious affiliation," that would still mean the number declaring one is higher than it was in 1998.
Well, give or take. It may be 10% is within the margin of error, or is of only slight statistical significance. Either way, a precipitous crash in religious affiliation would not seem to be in the offing. And only 1/3rd of "young Americans" declare a religious affiliation? What else is new?
You know, there's a level on which this "discussion" is taking place that is just plain ignorant.