18 Reasons Behind the Exodus of American Christians from Christianity

SharePinEmailChristianity has given hope and eternal salvation to billions of people worldwide. So why are many Americans rejecting Christianity and turning to either Atheism or other religions? Here are 18 reasons for a decline in faith across America today. Scientific Understanding As scientific understanding has exploded in recent centuries, individuals have questioned Biblical texts and…

Christianity has given hope and eternal salvation to billions of people worldwide. So why are many Americans rejecting Christianity and turning to either Atheism or other religions? Here are 18 reasons for a decline in faith across America today.

Scientific Understanding

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As scientific understanding has exploded in recent centuries, individuals have questioned Biblical texts and studied their own answers. After all, many scientists are atheists! Today, more Americans fully believe in the theory of evolution, questioning what the Bible has taught us about Creation and the origins of human life. This has caused some Americans to reject Christianity in favor of an Atheist lifestyle.

Higher Education

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The twentieth century witnessed a vast rise in educational standards for Americans, allowing a greater understanding of the world and religion. Schools and Colleges encourage students to question and critically analyze information, with more education equalling less religion. In addition to turning to Atheism, education may lead some Americans to diverse religions from other continents and cultures.

Personal Grief

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Losing a close family member or friend can lead even pious Christians to question their faith. Christians may fail to see why this death has to occur and why God didn’t protect them, leading to some Christians losing their faith and turning their back on the Church. In moments like these, we must help one another find strength and power in faith, bringing us closer to God.


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Some Americans view Christianity as an intolerant religion full of hypocrisy and judgment, so many reject Christianity. Of course, we know that Christianity is full of love and hope. We must show the true meaning of our faith at all times, rejecting inaccurate stereotypes.

Past Trauma

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A traumatic personal experience can understandably affect an individual in many ways. If the trauma occurred in a Church setting or inside the Church community, a Christian may feel disgusted by what has happened and reject the faith that they once held dear.


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As individuals question Christianity and their belief in God to a greater extent, they rationalize more and become skeptical. They may not believe the miraculous miracles performed by Jesus Christ, leading them to lack faith in the full teachings of the Bible.

Mixed Faith Relationships

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Falling in love with a non-Christian is a difficult situation to face. Depending on whether your partner has a different religion or no religion at all may be a deal breaker for some Christians, or result in leaving the Church. But mixed-faith relationships can work when both individuals respect each other’s religions and opinions.

Biblical Translations

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In a bid to ensure the Bible is accessible to all, the Bible has been translated into many languages over the centuries from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek. Some Christians have questioned the interpretations of some Bible translations, fearing crucial messages have been lost in translation, causing them to reassess authority.


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Some Americans are rejecting Christianity due to some inaccuracies that they think are presented in the Bible. A key example is the inclusion of Abraham riding camels across Israel even though science states that camels were wild during that time. In particular, there is debate over the Old Testament’s historical accuracy.

Climate Change

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Today, most Americans are concerned about climate change and additional environmental concerns. For some, these issues are more important than religion, leading them to reject religion entirely and focus solely on environmental worries. Christianity is just as concerned with the wondrous world that God has granted us and the importance of looking after Earth and all of God’s creatures.


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As LGBTQ+ rights become even more prevalent across America, individuals lacking in faith point to the discrimination presented in the Bible towards homosexuals. What some perceive as discrimination can lead some Christians to lose their faith and be drawn towards Atheism.


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Some denominations of Christianity can be viewed as sexist and discriminatory by some Americans. Roman Catholicism doesn’t allow women to become priests whilst Mormonism is sometimes unapologetically sexist. Unpopular views such as these can repel Christians from the Church.

Church Scandals

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There have been numerous scandals over recent decades involving denominations of Christianity. These scandals include sexual and physical abuse as well as financial misconduct. In addition to the anger felt on behalf of the victims of these scandals, there is also a feeling of hypocrisy and poisonous leadership at the top.

Mental Health Concerns

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Society understands mental health to a greater depth and there are considerable links between religion and certain feelings of obsession, anxiety, and even depression. Fearing God can damage the mental health of some individuals, whilst others may become obsessed with praying at certain times of the day, leading to obsessive-compulsive disorders.


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Politics can lead some Christians to turn their backs on religion, with some unable to separate politics and religion. There are some consistencies between Christianity and the policies of the Republican party, making some Christians feel uncomfortable. They then reassess their views on religion to re-align with their political beliefs.

Extremist Views

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All religions around the globe will be affected by religious extremism in some capacity. This may involve forcing others to believe what you believe, being intolerant of others, or coercing others. Some Christians who have experienced this extremism have rejected the Church as a result. We need to remind all Christians and non-believers of the true message of Jesus Christ and eternal salvation.

Multicultural Society

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America is a diverse, multicultural society that has changed greatly since World War II. There are many different religions across America, opening up alternative influences and making secularism more common. This is particularly true in northern states, in contrast with the southern states.

Media Influences

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Perhaps the biggest reason why many Americans are leaving Christianity is the influence of the media. We are surrounded by the media 24/7 so what the media outlet project does has an impact. Unfortunately for Christianity, most media outlets are secular and sometimes biased against Christianity. Social media can also influence others.

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