This is something that I can say HALLELUJAH to! I respect that people believe in their own personal god but I am comforted in the notion that the younger generation seems not likely to be molded by ideology as much as prior generations. Millennials are clearly breaking the mold.
By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. They also are less likely to be affiliated than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations were when they were young. Fully one-in-four members of the Millennial generation – so called because they were born after 1980 and began to come of age around the year 2000 – are unaffiliated with any particular faith.
Indeed, Millennials are significantly more unaffiliated than members of Generation X were at a comparable point in their life cycle (20% in the late 1990s) and twice as unaffiliated as Baby Boomers were as young adults (13% in the late 1970s). Young adults also attend religious services less often than older Americans today. And compared with their elders today, fewer young people say that religion is very important in their lives.
You can find the entire Pew report HERE.
CNN notes HERE:
The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.
In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence.
More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007.
America is of course alone in the world in terms of it’s belief in a god exceeding even Italy and Ireland. Although – the chart doesn’t detail how many are actually agnostic.
The Berkeley Blog follows a poll comparing religious belief by country HERE:
One question asked respondents, “Please indicate which statement comes closest to expressing what you believe about God” and then listed six options, ranging from the flat statement “I don’t believe in God” through various degrees of doubt to the flat statement, “I know that God really exists and I have no doubt about it.” Sixty-one percent of Americans picked the last option, a higher percentage than in all but four of the other 28 nations (the four more believing being Poland, Israel, Chile, and the Philippines). At the other end, only 3% of Americans picked the atheist option – despite all the work of the “New Atheists.” The chart below compares the U.S. to other large, affluent western nations.
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