Young 'Millennials' losing faith in record numbers

May 7, 2012 | Posted by: NightSerf | Full story: www.washingtonpost.com

A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood — and most of them are ending up in no religion at all.

One in four young adults choose “unaffiliated” when asked about their religion, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.

But most within this unaffiliated group — 55 percent — identified with a religious group when they were younger.

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PRRI has been accused of bias by some groups, but I can't determine whether that accusation is justified. Here are links to their article on the larger study and to a pdf file of the study itself.

http://publicreligion.org/research/2012/04/mi...

http://publicreligion.org/site/wp-content/upl...

Statistic buffs will notice that the methodology section is a bit lean and that no metadata is provided. Appendix 2 is worth a look.

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It makes sense. The free and easy exchange of information allows people to find and learn about real facts enough. Young minds learn faster and easier than older people, thus, since knowledge and intelligence tend to destroy the need for religious ignorance, it's only logical they would ditch the religious myths in favor of real facts faster than older people.

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Yep.

The intertubes is very difficult to censor, and in most cultures, there is little or not censoring at all.

So a question can be answered by many sources-- and a reasonably smart person will quickly discover the "answers" given by religion just don't measure up to reality.

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32% of the US is now non-religious. Hide your women and children, the atheist storm is coming. LOL

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32% of the US is now non-religious. Hide your women and children, the atheist storm is coming. LOL
That's only true of the 18-24 age group. The overall rate is half that, and about half of the unaffiliated in the larger group is comprised of believers. But the trend is for increased levels of atheism, and the dramatic increase among college age millennials (up from 12% in 1970) assures that that trend will continue well into this century.

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NightSerf wrote:
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That's only true of the 18-24 age group. The overall rate is half that, and about half of the unaffiliated in the larger group is comprised of believers. But the trend is for increased levels of atheism, and the dramatic increase among college age millennials (up from 12% in 1970) assures that that trend will continue well into this century.
It was a Gallop poll anyway, I don't put much weight on it. ;) It's just fun to say things like that.

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32% of the US is now non-religious. Hide your women and children, the atheist storm is coming. LOL
Most amusing.

It really doesn't matter to most of us non-believers, does it?

The only real thing that affects us, is the local effect: how many of our real (live-person) friends are non-believers, and how many are still lost in the translation?

But your figure ought to give a True Believer™ a reason for pause. Which cannot be a bad thing...

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It was a Gallop poll anyway, I don't put much weight on it. ;) It's just fun to say things like that.
Yes, and yes...

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Most amusing.
It really doesn't matter to most of us non-believers, does it?
The only real thing that affects us, is the local effect: how many of our real (live-person) friends are non-believers, and how many are still lost in the translation?
But your figure ought to give a True Believer™ a reason for pause. Which cannot be a bad thing...
To me it's like saying "we're finally waking up as a country."

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To me it's like saying "we're finally waking up as a country."
Reality never was a popularity contest-- were it so?

We'd still be living on a flat plate...

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Reality never was a popularity contest-- were it so?
We'd still be living on a flat plate...
No, however, religion is what is holding us back in the US. Religion is hurting out school curriculum, teaching mythology in science for example. Religion is slowing progress of equal rights which is slowing us in many other ways as a result, gay marriage. Religion was the cause of censorship in mainstream media, in the past but they are trying to encroach on the internet now. So when religion is on the decline it is a ray of hope for the future of the US.

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I have had a quick scan of the document but it fills me with hope.

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No, however, religion is what is holding us back in the US. Religion is hurting out school curriculum, teaching mythology in science for example. Religion is slowing progress of equal rights which is slowing us in many other ways as a result, gay marriage. Religion was the cause of censorship in mainstream media, in the past but they are trying to encroach on the internet now. So when religion is on the decline it is a ray of hope for the future of the US.
Religion, by it's very nature, is against equality of life.

What religion does not demand special status for it's membership? And even "more special" status for it's leadership?

Answer--- very, very few.

Furthermore, what religion can thrive without an Enemy-with-a-capital-E to hate?

Again, very, very few.

Alas, it appears that many religions in the US have chosen the LBGT community as it's pariah-- and teaches it's membership to >>hate<< these people with all their might.

Religion thrives on hate-- look at history for that lesson, drenched in the blood of those unfortunate to be on the receiving end of Religious Hate.

So it stands to reason, religion would oppose ALL equal rights--

-- they must retain the special status of exemption for their leadership

-- they must retain their special status of tax-support (tax exempt status)

-- they must retain a group of people they can HATE, in order to remain strong

And the enemies of religion has always been education, knowledge, teaching one to think for one's self, tolerance, generosity, helping those in need--

-- how can you deny help to the needy, unless you hate them first?

By branding them as "liberal" or "commies" or "gays", it becomes easy to hate them, and to deny them not only help, but equality of life too.

It's no wonder religion thrives; selfishness and greed are it's allies.

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32% of the US is now non-religious. Hide your women and children, the atheist storm is coming. LOL
I think christians are hurting themselves in these polls due to the new trend of christians claiming they do not follow a religion.

If this trend continues, we will eventually show a majority of non-religious with actually only a slight drop in the percentage of christians.

But, this could be a good thing in the end.
If public policy polls also show a decrease in the number of christians, maybe the extremist religious views will no longer carry and weight in the government.

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I think christians are hurting themselves in these polls due to the new trend of christians claiming they do not follow a religion.
If this trend continues, we will eventually show a majority of non-religious with actually only a slight drop in the percentage of christians.
But, this could be a good thing in the end.
If public policy polls also show a decrease in the number of christians, maybe the extremist religious views will no longer carry and weight in the government.
Well, if they drop the dogma and move on, or at the very least make a new doctrine that fits within reality and contains no hatred, then it will be a great thing. While I do make over the top jokes sometimes, in reality I don't really care what people believe, as long as that belief does not interfere with anyone else. There are a lot of decent christians, and whether they claim non-religious I don't know, but they live in the real world and benefit humanity in some way instead of interfering with progress. We just need to encourage those decent ones to stop letting the zealots speak for them. Once the zealots are silent, then we can move past a lot of roadblocks they have constructed as well.

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