Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Election and Why Millennials are Leaving the Church Margins

One of the most interesting findings about our electorate this election cycle is the growing number of people identifying as religiously unaffiliated or "Nones".

In October, the Pew Research Center identified that "Nones" were on the rise with one-in-five adults polled indicating that they had no religious affiliation. The trend toward religious disaffiliation was particularly pronounced in my age bracket - "the Millennials" - with one third identifying as such.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

While a significant group of "Nones" identify as atheist or agnostic, a larger proportion continue to maintain a belief in God or spirituality but do not identify with a particular faith tradition. As I have suggested in previous work, this growth in the religiously unaffiliated has been most pronounced among white millennials and has contributed to a slow but steady decline in the white mainline and evangelical Protestant communities.

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