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Scholar in Wilmington not surprised at new religion study statistics

According to a new study, one in five Americans has no religious affiliation According to a new study, one in five Americans has no religious affiliation

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new study conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals one in five Americans have no religious affiliation.

Experts say the growing number of people with no religious affiliation is not shocking.

"The transition has been happening for decades," said Diana Pasulka, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "There's always been a diversity of religious belief, especially with immigration in the last 30 years but even before that, since the 1890s."

According to a study, a growing number of unaffiliated Americans are between the ages of 18 to 29.

The study says the reasons some are unaffiliated is because they were either raised outside of organized religion, or despite being raised in a religious household, they were never engaged with the religion, or they were unhappy with their religions and left.

"It's because there is freedom of religion in America," said Pasulka. "New religions are growing in numbers. What you see in trends is that younger people are attracted to non denominational, non-dogmatic religions."

These new religions include Mormonism, Scientology, and even UFO religions.

The statistics say 33 million Americans are unaffiliated, out of which 13 million identified themselves as either agnostic or atheist.

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