Current Generational Differences in Attitudes toward Religion in America
America has five living generations at present forming five distinct groups of individuals. They comprise of the G1 generation (consisting of people born between 1901 and 1926 during the age of the cold war). Next is the mature or silent generation consisting of people born between 1927 and 1945 during the happy post-war period. The baby boomers are the third generation who are people born between 1946 and 1964 in the “rock and roll age”. Then along came generation X, between 1965 and 1980, and finally generation Y or millennium generation made up of people born between 1981 and 2000.
Each of the generations mentioned above has different views and attitudes on religious matters; with the younger generations being said to be less religious than the elder ones. Several researches have been carried out to try and obtain facts on the role of religion among the various generations present in America. Recent research has shown that America is slowly becoming less and less religious as years go by. Research by the Pew forum has shown that fewer young subscribe to any particular faith (Poll, 2010).
Millennials are a group of individuals who, though not anti-religion nor anti-Christian, are generally not interested in religion. They seem to care less about religion and spirituality and seem to be focused on other ways of finding happiness; for instance, by following their passions and interests. Nearly 65 percent of individuals in this generation never attend church at all. Though a huge majority of this generation describe themselves as Christians, most do not practice the teachings of the faith. Despite their lack of religious faith, millennials have remained fairly traditional in their practices and religious beliefs. Most of them believe that there is life after death; in the reality of... [continues]
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