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Study says Americans are losing their religion

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An Upstate church's steeple and cross. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate church's steeple and cross. (File/FOX Carolina)

The doors of the church, synagogue and mosque are open but fewer people are walking through.

A study from the Pew Research Center and a recent Gallup Poll finds that one in five Americans don't identify with any religion.

Helen Lee Turner, a professor of religion at Furman University explains why so many people are turning away from the good books.

"I think churches need to put more emphasis on cultivating fellowship within the churches. Give people a reason to belong that's not just about believing a list of things," said Helen Turner.

Turner said while social movements and scientific discoveries have changed the way people view religion those things alone aren't to blame.

The Pew Study said those with no affiliation feel religious organizations are too concerned with money, power, rules and politics.

"People don't have the same loyalty to brands, denominations and that sort of thing that they used to. There are different ways of self-identifying," said Turner.

While the number of people walking away from religion continues to rise there are some who hold on to it saying for them, religion is about a relationship with God not rules, social movements or scientific discoveries.

"I'm involved in a church here in Greenville that's active and thriving," said Mike Norris who describes himself as Southern Baptist.

The studies also point to people under the age of 30 and reveal one third of people in that age group consider themselves non-religious.

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