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Why Millennials & Gen Y are losing their Faith

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As reported in the Pew Study Religion Among the Millennials: “One-in-four members of the Millennial generation…are unaffiliated with any particular faith.” Gen Y, those born roughly between 1980 – 2000, are stating they are “un-religious” at a 6% increase from Gen X when polled at the same age. A sharp increase.

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Society nowadays is allowing for individualism and choice. While previous generations regarded Christianity or Spirituality as a key focus and the main contributor to a fulfilling life, that is no longer the case. Millennials have more choices and are exposed to many more alternatives than previous generations, with that said, all of the information they consume can lead to never-ending questions and skepticism avbout the existence of a Higher Power which may appear that they are losing their Faith .. because of so many unanswered questions and doubts
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Do you believe that millenials and Generation Y losing their faith and spirituality?
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Do you believe that millenials and Generation Y losing their faith and spirituality?
To an extent, yes. A huge majority of the new generation that I chat to about faith and religion always touch on how judgemental they feel places of worship are. They are uninterested in the set of rules set out because they feel that if they mess up once then they are doomed forever and it’s just one long spiral of guilt and shame so they don’t want to subject themselves to that
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In ministry circles, it has long been reported that of youth raised in homes that were to some degree “Christian,” roughly three-quarters will lose that faith after high school. Just under half of this number will return to some level of church involvement in their late 20s or early 30s. Those numbers are quite worrying
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I cannot speak for all of my peers but personally, I'm not interested in any religion. I'm way too logical and skeptical now to believe in things and people I cannot see and to base my life on books written thousands of years with endless terms and conditions
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I sometimes feel as if the church and religion is putting everybody in a box and forcing them to align with views and beliefs that may not necessarily align with one's own
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I remember seeing some of my elders harassing and preaching to a group of homosexuals and praying for"the demons to leave them..." that just proved to me that religion is not as accepting and loving as believers claim it is. It has not adapted to modern-day society
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Many youth have had none or very limited exposure to adult role models who know what they believe, why they believe it, and are committed to consistently living it out.
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Mindset of “digital natives” is very much separate from other generations. Millennials are eclectic on all fronts economically, spiritually, artistically. There is little or no “brand loyalty” in most areas of life.
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One of the reasons is probably because religion is not taught in a lot of schools nowadays. There are more and more international and non-sectarian schools. Without an education of both science and religion side by side, it would really be difficult for the young to understand religion.
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Thinking out loud... maybe parents of the Gen Y don't have enough time to teach their kids about religion. If you don't model it at home, where will the kids learn about it?
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Thinking out loud... maybe parents of the Gen Y don't have enough time to teach their kids about religion. If you don't model it at home, where will the kids learn about it?
Totally makes sense. Sometimes, kids learn about religion through their friends so the knowledge would be superficial.
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It seems that people's general attitude toward God is shifting.
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Millennials are simply more open-minded. Perhaps they accept that no one has answers, so why not search far and wide, in the hope that at least you'll find something that makes sense or, at least, feels good?
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I’ve spent the last 18 months talking to people about how their faith has changed during the course of their twenties. Nearly 50 have told me their stories and each one is unique. Among them were six young men and women who no longer describe themselves as Christians.
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