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    Younger Americans are moving away from religion

    According to a new, massive study, American youth are moving away from religion:
    Recent cohorts of American adolescents are less religiously oriented than their predecessors, although the majority are still involved with religion (see Table 1). First, American adolescents are now less likely to attend religious services. Twice as many 12th graders in 2010–13 reported “never” attending services (21%) compared to 1976–79 (10%). Compared to the early 1970s (12%), more than twice as many college students in the 2010s never attended services (27%). Similar, though smaller, declines (23% and 43%) appear among 8th and 10th graders between the early 1990s and the 2010s. Across all groups, the shift is most pronounced after 2000 as Millennials enter the samples, with the number not attending services increasing 50% for 12th graders (from 14% to 21%), 33% for 10th graders (15% to 20%), and 31% for 8th graders (13% to 17%) between 2000 and 2013. The percentage attending services weekly has also declined steadily; while 40% of 12th graders did so in 1976–79, only 30% did in 2010–13 (see Table 1 and Fig 1). For 10th and 12th graders, almost all of the decline in religious service attendance (d’s = -.13 and-.14) occurred between 2000 and 2013.​

    And, just in case anyone one wants to suggest that all this indicates is that young people are less disciplined than older Americans; that they just don't attend services, while still being just as religious as their parents - then the study also discovered this:

    More than twice as many recent 12th graders chose “none” for their religious affiliation compared to the 1960s and 1970s, though the majority still choose a religious affiliation (see Fig 2). Thirty-eight percent more 8th graders and 53% more 10th graders chose “none” as their religious preference in 2010–13 compared to 1991–94. The increase in religious “nones” was especially steep over the last decade. Between 2000 and 2010–13, 31% more 8th graders (13% compared to 17%) professed no religious affiliation, as did 43% more 10th graders (14% to 20%) and 50% more 12th graders (16% to 24%). Three times as many college students in the 2010s (vs. the late 1960s) reported no religious affiliation, though the majority are still affiliated. In just the 13 years between 2000 and 2013, 87% more college students chose no religious affiliation (15% vs. 28%). Compared to the early 1970s, four times as many reported that their mother had no religious affiliation, and more than twice as many reported that their father had no religious affiliation. The gap between students’ affiliation and parents’ affiliation has grown (see Table 1); this suggests both that more students grew up without religion and that more are abandoning their parents’ religion by college entry.

    Notice the part I emphasised. So, the proverbial verdict is in: As the older generation dies, religion, and myth is being replaced with logic, and reason. I expect it won't be long before the theists come rushing in to explain how the study doesn't really mean what it means. Either that, or they'll just ignore this OP all together, and hope that no one notices it.
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    Whaddoyakno? Would appear the latter was the case...crickets. Big surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    Whaddoyakno? Would appear the latter was the case...crickets. Big surprise.
    All I can say is both my kids friends (age range from 20 to 30) I think only one is religious. (Catholic)

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    I want to find some of these Ypunger Americans , where are they

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    I want to find some of these Ypunger Americans , where are they
    Sorry but atheism has been growing by leaps and bounds for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    I want to find some of these Ypunger Americans , where are they
    Why? So you can brow-beat them into fearful submission to your religion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Sorry but atheism has been growing by leaps and bounds for years.
    Oh, don't bother trying to confuse aboutenough with something as insignificant as facts. He wants to find those blasphemous youths, so he have beat some righteous fear of God into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Sorry but atheism has been growing by leaps and bounds for years.
    Ya see, Jenn, the theists want to just ignore this thread, and the study that it presents, because they want to deny the reality - that they are part of a dying breed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    Ya see, Jenn, the theists want to just ignore this thread, and the study that it presents, because they want to deny the reality - that they are part of a dying breed.
    That's the norm here - I had a thread about the Trump news that didn't make the headlines. With the exception of one MM supporter who just ended up trolling the thread - crickets.

    It what they do when they can't defend their views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    That's the norm here - I had a thread about the Trump news that didn't make the headlines. With the exception of one MM supporter who just ended up trolling the thread - crickets.

    It what they do when they can't defend their views.
    If it's a Liberal thread and a conservative disagrees with the premise, he's a troll.

    If a Conservative starts a thread and liberals complain about it, it gets immediately moved to "Conspiracy Theories."

    Is that what you are saying?

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