The impact of Christianity in the United States of America is declining. This follows years of plummeting church attendance, reading of Bible, holding belief in God, and religious connection. Religious identity is reforming. The first truly “post-Christian” generation, Generation Z, is a perfect proof of this.
An average of 12% reduction in religion among teens from 2000 is where the world is at in 2019. A 29% decline could be seen among 8th graders, 25% among sophomores high school, and 27% among high school seniors since 2010. At present, 13% of teens call themselves as a skeptic. This number is double the population of the 6% of adults who regard themselves a nonbeliever.
Barna stated that the drop-in religion can be ascribed to the idea of suffering, evil and the question of its existence, if there’s a God that does no evil. Barna has also made an assertion that states that political issues like poverty, LGBTQ rights, and immigration policy might also explain the decline in religion in teenagers.
Over a third (37%) of Generation Z thinks that it isn’t possible to be sure if God exists; 32% of all adults share this same belief. However, teenagers who think that it is possible to know if God is present are less likely to mention that they are very certain that it is true than adults believe.
The general message is that for most teenagers, the truth appears baffling. This lack of confidence is in accordance with the bigger switch in cultural attitude’s adaption of relativism. It would be interesting to watch whether this trend carries on or whether it will reduce and stabilize. It would be interesting to watch if the church answers to this downward trend with noble solutions. Only time would tell.
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— cleve lamison (@lamison) June 17, 2019