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Millennials’ Relationship with Religion
“While the U.S. public, in general, is becoming less religious, the nation’s youngest adults are by many measures much less religious than everyone else,” David Masci, a senior writer and editor on religion at Pew Research Center wrote in January 2016.
Millennials, the generation of young Americans born in the 1980s and ’90s, are less likely than their parents or grandparents to pray and attend church regularly, according to Pew Research Center.
Pew published a religious landscape study that surveyed over 35,000 Americans.
“Overall, 35 per cent of adult millennials (Americans born between 1981 and 1996) are religiously unaffiliated,” Pew Research reported in 2015. “Far more millennials say they have no religious affiliation compared with those who identify as evangelical Protestants (21 per cent), Catholics (16 per cent), or mainline Protestants (11 per cent).” Full Story
Millennials’ Relationship with Religion: They are leaving
millennials have earned a reputation for reshaping industries and institutions — shaking up the workplace, transforming dating culture, and rethinking parenthood. They’ve also had a dramatic impact on American religious life. Four in ten millennials now say they are religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. In fact, millennials (those between the ages of 23 and 38) are now almost as likely to say they have no religion as they are to identify as Christian. 1
For a long time, though, it wasn’t clear whether this youthful defection from religion would be temporary or permanent. It seemed possible that as millennials grew older, at least some would return to a more traditional religious life. But there’s mounting evidence that today’s younger generations may be leaving religion for good.
Social science research has long suggested that Americans’ relationship with religion has a tidal quality — people who were raised religious find themselves drifting away as young adults, only to be drawn back in when they find spouses and begin to raise their own families. Some argued that young adults just hadn’t yet been pulled back into the fold of organized religion, especially since they were hitting major milestones like marriage and parenthood later on. Full Story