Young American adults abandon religion in record numbers

Young American adults abandon religion in record numbers February 8, 2014

The religious landscape is changing drastically in the United States as young adults abandon religion in record numbers.

A recent PRRI survey shows that growing religious differences between seniors, America’s oldest adults, and Millennials, America’s youngest adults, are dramatic.

America the Diverse

The survey shows a significant religious difference separating seniors and Millennials, and the number of each who identify as religiously unaffiliated. Nearly one-third (31%) of Millennials identify as religiously unaffiliated, compared to roughly 1-in-10 (11%) seniors. Millennials (13%) are also about four times more likely than seniors (3%) to identify as atheist or agnostic.

One thing is certain, the religious landscape of the United States is becoming much more diverse, and that diversity is generational. The survey shows that more than 7-in-10 (71%) seniors identify as some type of white Christian, while less than 3-in-10 (28%) of Millennials identify as white Christian.

Good news for secular Americans. The tide is turning.

(H/T Friendly Atheist, Tony Jones)

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