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Study suggests belief in God is on the decline

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If there’s a God, belief in Him is on the decline.

A new Pew Research Center religious landscape study said Americans’ faith in God may be dropping.

Researchers said that while the vast majority of Americans still believe, there are strong signs that many are less certain.

According to the 2014 study, 89 percent of U.S. adults believe in God. That’s down from 92 percent from 2007.

The research also suggested that 9 percent now said they don’t believe in God, which is up from 5 percent in 2007.

Broken down further, 63 percent of Americans are absolutely certain in God’s existence, which is down 8 points from eight years ago. In 2007, 71 percent were certain.

For Catholics, 64 percent believe in God with absolute certainty. The percentage is 88 for Evangelical Protestants, 84 percent for Muslims and 37 percent for those who are Jewish.

Pew researchers surmised that the overall drop in belief is generational.

They said that as younger adults enter adulthood, they are far less likely to be sure about God.

While about 70 percent of people 65 years old and older were absolutely certain about God, 51 percent of people under 30 agreed.

For more on the results of the study, click here.

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