New Survey Shows Millennials Are Losing Faith, but Americans Still Think Atheism is Bad for Society

The Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution recently released the results of a survey on “Citizenship, Values, & Cultural Concerns” (PDF) and a couple of the findings are very notable for what they say about atheists.

First: This is no surprise to anyone, but the percentage of young people (18-29) who have no religious affiliation is just leaps and bounds bigger than any other age group (31%).

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More Americans Than Ever Before See the Bible as a Book of Myths

The Barna Group recently ran a study commissioned by the American Bible Society to find out what Americans really think about the Bible.

While much of the report shows that the Bible is still a “cultural force” in that we all own one (I own about 19 myself) and many find it sacred, one bit of information is particularly striking:

The number of people who are “antagonistic” toward the Bible — that is to say, the number of people who think of it as a book of myths — is at an all-time high, nearly doubling from just two years ago!

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Latino Atheists Search for Community in Chicago

We talk about the importance of reaching out to minority atheists all the time, but more often than not, “minority” as we use it just means “black.” Latino atheists are usually ignored in that context.

WBEZ’s Aurora Aguilar spoke with some Latino atheists in Chicago about their transitions into atheism and what they’re searching for:

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The Connection Between a Country’s Wealth and Its Religiosity

Are religious countries more likely to be poor? Are richer countries less likely to be religious?

We may not be able to tell cause-and-effect here, but there does appear to be a remarkable correlation between the two, according to researcher Gregory Paul

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Researchers Say More Americans Than Ever Before ‘Have No Religious Preference’

Another survey is telling us what we already know: The number of Americans who are not religious is on the rise. Researchers from University of California, Berkeley and Duke University went through the recently-released results of the biennial General Social Survey and found that

While some types of Americans identify with an organized religion less than others, Americans in almost every demographic group increasingly claim “no religion” since the trend began to accelerate in 1990.

This continues a trend of Americans disavowing a specific religious affiliation that began in the 1950s but has accelerated greatly since 1990.

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