The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 -a scientific research study  -found that young Americans are remarkably less religious than their parents and grandparents were when they were their age.

The study also found that one in four American millennials -Pew’s name for those Americans who were born after 1980 and came to age around the millennium -are not associated with any religion. They see themselves as “atheist,” “agnostic” or “nothing in particular.”

When it comes to religion, these millennials have a different philosophy than most people. They believe that “there are ways of practicing faith and being religious outside of belonging to a religious organization or attending services.”

In your opinion, what has gotten the young Americans to be so less religious than their parents and grandparents were when they were young?


  1. Perhaps it is nothing more than a logical progression. After all, if you look at the history of the original free settlers of the USA (excluding those sent as a penal colony), they were the puritans, a fairly extreme group that today might even be classified as a “sect”. While it may have taken generations, slowly times change everywhere.

    I think it is a good thing.

  2. Probably the constant barage of secularism in the universities and public square, they are a captive audience. Youth are not trained in any apologetic for their beliefs. Most churches look down on a need to defend their faith.

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