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Dunn.jpegThere’s a new table up on the American Religious Identification Survey website showing changes in the proportion of Baptists, Methodists, and Lutherans in all states from 1990 to 2008. Although Baptists are down in 43 states, they’re up in the upper Mountain West (ID, WY, MT), Louisiana (Catholics in steep decline), Delaware (Methodists in free fall), and–most strikingly–Maine. Baptists have been rising steadily in the Pine Tree State, such that given the decline in Catholicism, there are now nearly as many of them (19 percent) as Catholics (22 percent). Indeed, Maine now has a higher proportion of Baptists than any state outside the South (counting Missouri). Make of that what you will.