More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why? : NPR

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One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion.

NPR’s David Greene wanted to understand why, so he gathered a roundtable of young people at a synagogue in Washington, D.C. The 6th & I Historic Synagogue seemed like the right venue: It’s both a holy and secular place that has everything from religious services to rock concerts. Greene speaks with six people — three young women and three young men — all struggling with the role of faith and religion in their lives.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Thankfully more Young People are getting the opportunity to think for themselves from an early age and are able to come to the obvious conclusion that they do not need the crutch of an invisible friend and worthless superstition to ‘help’ them get on in life.

  2. Why doesn’t anyone also mention the sex factor?

    I’d guess most young men and women over 16 don’t really wanna hear that they’re ‘prostitutes’,’harlots’ or ‘adulterers’ simply for having sex with their partner without being married, or, even if they are, that having sex in certain days or in…certain positions is a mortal sin…

  3. In reply to #6 by JoxerTheMighty:

    Why doesn’t anyone also mention the sex factor?

    I’d guess most young men and women over 16 don’t really wanna hear that they’re ‘prostitutes’,’harlots’ or ‘adulterers’ simply for having sex with their partner without being married, or, even if they are, that having sex in certain days or in…certain positions is a mortal sin…

    or being gay.

  4. “More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why?”

    Pedophilia? I don’t know– maybe it’s just more appealing to play video games or watch a movie or have sex on a Sunday morning than go to church.

  5. The reason I left church as soon as I turned 18 was that the core ideology of the organization is not true. That to me is the main, and only, reason why one should not belong to a religion. There is no reason to belong to any organization which is based on a blatant lie, no matter how much the superficial features appeal to you.

    To me it doesn’t matter how the religion makes you feel. It doesn’t matter if it gives you social benefits. Even if belonging to the church was free, the people in it were genuinely nice company, the church arranged all kinds of events like trips abroad, culture evenings, restaurant meals, and all this using a legal source of money, I would still not want to belong to it. It’s all about whether or not the ideology that the organization is based on is true or not.

    What’s kind of annoys me is that so many young people leave religion today because they have a vague uncomfortable feeling of its teachings, but they seem to be willing to return as soon as the religion has “corrected” the things that seem to be less nice. The fact that religions change their views on some things because of outside pressure is a small improvement, but doesn’t change the fact that the whole religion itself is irrational. And that irrationality should be the reason why people should leave and stay out of religion.

  6. In reply to #10 by Scrivener:

    I’d feel much better if NPR framed the questions as, Many People Still Believe In Religion, But Why?

    I don’t like the klunky “but why” phrase – “pourquoi” is much more palatable.

  7. I left my parents religion behind a year ago mostly because the fact is that it’s the new generation, and other personal reasons. In this time there are countless inventions created by Scientists, that help the human species more than any religion ever could think about. I always felt that religion was just a collar and a leash to hold back me from my true potential. It blinded me from the beautiful universe and it’s people. My parents told me that the failed as parents because I turned down christianity, and that disgusted me. I think the main reason why I am one of the many young population to leave religion is I know it might be offensive but “your savior died 2000 or so years ago, get over it”.

  8. This is good news but I wish there was more active rejection of the faith. I know a lot of young cafeteria Catholics who are pretty much secular but still insist on going to church, donating money, etc. I don’t know how someone could support an organization that goes AGAINST their heart felt beliefs. The church isn’t behind the times and it’s not going to change, it’s just stupid.

  9. What is happening is the gradual emancipation of humankind from the delusions of a supernatural entity that tortures people into unreasonable behaviour with their fellow human beings. The internet has contributed greatly to the release of many a tortured human who was thoroughly brainwashed by an upbringing in religion-based knowledge. But we need to do more to prove to people that rational consideration of facts and figures does lead to the discovery of the ethics that is indisputable in terms of generating the highest quality of life in terms of its health, life expectancy and happiness, and that this will be more real and durable than the ethics discovered by following religious dogma.

  10. I think more young people are becoming secular is because it’s the most natural thing. If God needs to be taught, then he most likely doesn’t exist. Plus, when you start attending different churches, you can’t help but realize that all the stuff they teach is made up, and, therefore, drastically differs from church to church.

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