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Posted September 2, 2009

Why People Leave their Religion or Change to Another

Taken from Pew Research Centerís Forum on Religion & Public Life

Common important reasons for leaving childhood religion

Raised Catholic
Now Unaffiliated

Raised Catholic
Now Protestant

Just gradually drifted away from the religion 71% 54%
Spiritual needs not being met 43% 71%
Stopped believing in the religionís teachings 65% 50%
Found a religion they liked more 10% 70%
Unhappy with teachings about the Bible 29% 43%
Dissatisfied with atmosphere at worship services 26% 32%
Dissatisfied with clergy at congregation 18% 27%