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Half of Americans change their religious affiliation sometime in their lives, many more than once, according to a report issued Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Even many of those who are members of the church they grew up in left and then came back, according to the report, “Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.”
“If this churn within religious affiliation ... is added to the overall switching, then a solid majority of Americans have reported religious change over their lifetime,” said John Green, senior fellow with the Pew Forum, in a conference call with reporters.
Also, those who change religions tend to be more committed to their newfound faith. “Having changed religions is linked with higher levels of religious commitment,” said Greg Smith, a research fellow with the Pew Forum.
The study shows that “we do live in a competitive religious marketplace,” Green said. “In that context, religious leaders have to be competitive. ... They have to be able to attract and keep people if their organizations are going to be viable.”