So here's what I think the deal is:
1. Catholics/baptists are rising because the clear cut answers/rules make for an easier faith...which fits our fast food, easy society
2. Other Christian faiths are declining because we are failing miserably at letting people know that questions, not having answers, etc, is okay and discussion is great, and you can still have faith
3. Atheism is on the rise because it's the new "in" thing...although I would say most confuse atheism with agnosticism and in which case makes people say things like "I hate organized religion, but I'm very spiritual"
4. believing in God is hard when we look around us and fail to see what is good about the world
eh, jsut my assessment and attempt to bring us back to the subject at hand, especially now that it is in the right forum.
Oh and Dan, perhaps you need to lay off the white zin....you might read words better that way!!
"In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight."
— Ram Dass