Is It Baby Boomers’ Fault Millennials Are Leaving Religion And Less Likely To Go Back?

The Federalist | 3/20/2019 | Joy Pullmann
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While conventional wisdom about young Americans’ increased faithlessness says many will come back to church when they marry and have kids, it’s likely many millennials will remain secular instead, suggests a recent study.

This is for three reasons, write Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux at FiveThirtyEight: Millennials’ parents taught them fewer religious practices, more have secular spouses than ever before, and young parents as a whole are less likely to believe they need to teach faith to their children. This means “there’s mounting evidence that today’s younger generations may be leaving religion for good,” the pair write.

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The United States has seen a surge in people who claim no adherence to a religion, who are often called “nones.” A large part of this group comprises younger Americans. In 2018, American church membership hit an all-time low of approximately 50 percent, according to Gallup: “Since the turn of the century, the percentage of U.S. adults with no religious affiliation has more than doubled.” Only 42 percent of millennials, ages 18-38, were church members in 2018.

Last spring, the General Social Survey found for the first time that Americans who claim “no religion” were statistically the same size as those who call themselves evangelicals, and pretty close to the size of self-identified American Catholics.

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One of the top sources of people losing their religion is leftist politics. The December American Enterprise Institute study, which surveyed 2,561 people, found: “Democrats brought up in religious households are roughly three times more likely than Republicans to have left religion. Nearly one in four (23 percent) Democrats brought up in a religion no longer identify with a religious tradition, while only 8 percent of Republicans say the same.”

Although general skepticism seems to be the top reason cited, people who have left faith also indicate that politics, particularly sexual politics, is...
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