NPR is doing stories on the theme “Losing my Religion.” I posted one on my blog last week about how faith plays in or out when a tragedy occurs. The latest installment has to do with young people and their doubts about organized religion.
“One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion.”
“During their conversation, no one in the group speaks of having feelings of emptiness without religion, but some of them feel conflicted and all recognize that religion fills certain needs. They also talk about having respect for religion but feeling like it’s not something they can identify with right now.”
And here is an article about the Nones. Those who do not affiliate with any religion (they answer “none).
In a nutshell, the group:
- comprises atheists and agnostics as well as those who ally themselves with “nothing in particular”
- includes many who say they are spiritual or religious in some way and pray every day
- overwhelmingly says they are not looking to find an organized religion that would be right for them
- is socially liberal, with three-quarters favoring same-sex marriage and legal abortion