Religion matters less and less to the young

Young Americans are less religious and less likely than older age groups to belong to any particular faith…

One out of every four members of the generation born after 1980 and coming of age around 2000 are unaffiliated with any faith, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life said in a report, “Religion among the Millennials.”

The “Millennial” generation is more unaffiliated than Generation X was at the same point in their lives (20 percent in the late 1990s) and twice as unaffiliated as Baby Boomers (13 percent in the late 1970s), the Pew Forum said.

Those ages 18-29 attend religious services less often than older Americans and are less likely to consider religion as very important in their lives, the report said.

Many young adults say they decided to leave the religion they were raised in without affiliating themselves with a new faith, the survey found.

There’s hope for education in America, after all.

Here’s the summary report. Here’s a link to the full 29-page report (.pdf).

18 thoughts on “Religion matters less and less to the young

      • zorki says:

        Where will you both go should any thing happen to any one you know, do tell we are all rooted in suspense. We are prepared to listen to advanced beings of your magnitude and direct experience. No suppositions or guess work please, we hear too much of that from other experts, just hard evidence from your direct experience, the students await……..

  1. zorki says:

    Many scientists have turned to the mystical philosophy of the EAST, because they cannot advance their theories any further from the physical domain. You are what you think, having become what you thought, is the expression of Buddha, which is not a religion, it is a science, as the whole gambit of existence and universal functioning is. People would be foolish to believe there is nothing. Just look in the mirror and all around, and totally deny it, and feel what happens……….

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      1) No they ain’t.

      2) It is a religion

      3) Until I see some empirical evidence of a superior being, there just isn’t one.

      4) Faith is rooted in ignorance. Science is rooted in knowledge.

      • zorki says:

        And you know all of this because, you both know all things. Beleieving in a sperate almighty god is religion, Buddhism does not. The rest of your answers are pure speculation, in the hope you are right. Delve far more deeply into facts rather than pathetic speculation and hope of always being right, Science, knowledge and ignorance are all inseperable dimensions…

          • zorki says:

            Academic maths at A level, have nothing to do with Buddhism, this is the material reply to something they do not truly understand. here is a part of the massive whole of what Buddhism, represents. The dharma, refers to all those subatomic forces and particles which manifest all of life.Science it’s self, where does any religion portray this kind of information. religions only talk of an almighty god separate from all of life. So it is all down once again to choice and opinion, which all derive from ignorance inseparably… Many Thanks for your reply..

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