New England may have been settled by deeply religious people who rejoiced in their freedom to worship God as they chose, but their descendants seem to have utterly abandoned the faith of their forebears. A recent study shows that the region has attained the dubious honor of being the "least religious part of the country", passing up the Pacific Northwest.
The remaining church community is dominated by theological liberalism, and most of the secular residents see little attraction in that.
It's interesting, then, to see that theologically-conservative Baptists are making considerable inroads in this spiritual wasteland, planting many churches in the region in recent years, and pursuing the ambitious goal of planting thousands more in the coming years. Rural areas are witnessing the strange sight of congregations that are teeming with young folks and are growing, not declining.