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    Is faith losing its grip on the young?

    That would be one way to read a new report by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which found that more than one-quarter of Americans age 18 to 29 have no religious preference or affiliation, and fewer than one in five attend services regularly. That makes them easily the least religious generation among Americans alive today, perhaps the least religious ever.

    Or does it?


    The Pew study found that, although young adults - the so-called Millennial generation born after 1981 - are shunning traditional religious denominations and services in unprecedented numbers, their faith in God and the power of prayer appears nearly as strong as that of young people in earlier generations.

    "If you think of religion primarily as a matter of whether people belong to a particular faith and attend the worship services of that faith ... then millennials are less religious than other recent generations," said Alan Cooperman, associate director of research for the Pew Forum, a Washington-based think tank run by the nonprofit Pew Research Center. "But when it comes to measures not of belonging but of believing, they aren't so clearly less religious."
    http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/02/24...link=mirelated



    AMONG MILLENNIALS

    40 percent say religion is very important in their lives, similar to 39 percent of Boomers at the same ages.

    41 percent report praying daily, like 42 percent of Gen Xers as young adults.

    53 percent are "certain God exists;" 55 percent of Gen Xers were certain at the same ages.

    It's too soon to tell what Millennials will say when they're older.

    However, the study finds that as people age, they are more likely to say religion is very important in their lives, and they pray more frequently.

    In the late 1970s, when most Boomers were in their 20s or early 30s, 39 percent said religion was very important in their lives. Thirty years later, 60 percent of Boomers say so.

    In the early 1980s, 47 percent of Baby Boomers who were young adults at the time said they prayed daily. But 25 years later 62 percent of this same group say they pray daily.
    http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com...NEWS01/2270307
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    Gen X ftw. We're the best at anything and everything ever.

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