College Freshmen Abandon Religion at 'Skyrocketing' Rate
Analysis of religious affiliation trends among American college first-year students has found that the number of those who do not belong to a religion, or the "nones," has skyrocketed in the past three decades.
Allen Downey, professor of Computer Science at Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts, wrote in an article for Scientific American on Thursday that he analyzed numbers from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's 2016 Freshman survey, which revealed the dramatic rise in "nones."
The survey, based on data from 137,000 first-time students at 184 colleges and universities in the U.S., showed that college students with no religious affiliation were only at 10 percent in 1986, but have now tripled, rising up to 31 percent in 2016....
Jim and Steve have turned white into black and black into white! What wonder workers! But according to the "Most holy pope" the most evil thing in the world is....youth unemployment... I'm not joking, read for yourself.
Do you even know what hypocrisy is Jim L? Do you examine your own heart and see its vileness? You need to, Christ had many warnings for those who make mere verbal professions, but haven't the power of the Spirit within.
This is a must view for the young - http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopupvideo.asp?SID=32111144592
Christopher Brittain wrote: ...the challenges confronting both liberal and conservative churches in Europe and the United States may be more alike than is often assumed. Douthat's article opens up a crack of acknowledgement in this direction, when he notes that the most successful churches in the United States are "theologically shallow, preaching a gospel of health and wealth rather than the full New Testament message." Similarly, Stanley Hauerwas - no friend of liberal Christianity - has accused conservative American Protestants of being unable to distinguish between their faith in God and loyalty to their country. Intriguingly, his criticism of conservative evangelicals sounds remarkably similar to Douthat's accusation against liberal Christianity: "the churches to which they go do little to challenge the secular presumptions that form their lives." ....
--- [URL=http://tinyurl.com/c9454aj]]] http://tinyurl.com/c9454aj (Plague on both their houses: The real story of growth and decline in liberal and conservative churches)[/URL] A lot of kids are falling away either because they can't stand the hypocracy of churches mix the gospel in with politics, or perhaps they never even heard the gospel in the first place.
Adriel wrote: "Faith" is provided by God as a gift to His elect. It never fails because God provides the perseverance to maintain it. The article refers to "religion" not faith. Religion can simply be human convictions or even superstitions like the RCC have. Religion when a human attribute can just as easily be lost or ditched as borne by the imagination of the person in the first place.
I understand the Reformed tradition on Election as well, but its hardly an excuse for the reprobation of their children during idleness and false comfort of pastors and parents thinking their obligations were accomplished
Its easy to blame the Media, Culture or College for the move away from faith, but I see the blame on the shoulders of the Church. Its shocking how many parents and pastors think they have done their job by getting their kids confirmed and not following up on their Spiritual Growth. You know why? Kids arent stupid, they know the truth about the adults in their Churches, you cant fool your own kids, they know too many of the adults are just playing Christian, they know if their parents or pastors are actually faithful or just full of boloney
"Divorce is a key contributor to religious disaffiliation, found PRRI researchers. About 35 percent of Americans raised by divorced parents were more likely to be unaffiliated with a religious tradition than those whose parents were married during childhood," Vicari noted.
She added that even though the statistics showed that only seven percent of nones return to religion, there were also reasons to feel hopeful.
"I wasn't 'looking' to join a religious group before I encountered the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I'm willing to bet that neither were you, reader friend. It was thanks in part to the sorrow of sin, the witness of a pastor acting as marriage counselor, and the Holy Spirit that I eventually chose to identify as 'religiously affiliated,'" she said of her own experience.
Co-authors Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez argued in their book, Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, that family breakdown is a major factor for this tend.
"I've got to say this," McFarland told The Christian Post, "as a pastor, as a researcher, as an educator, as just a Christian who cares, the single greatest contributor to the attrition rate [of the Christian faith] has been the breakdown of the family."
wrote: A third explanation for the rise of Americans claiming no religion is the increasing politicization of religion. Michael Hout and Claude Fischer argue that the political right has become so identified with a conservative religious agenda that it has alienated moderates who consider organized ‚Äúreligion‚ÄĚ a synonym for an antigay, antiabortion, procivic religion agenda. At the same time, while they may feel disenfranchised from organized religion, many of them remain privately religious or ‚Äúspiritual.‚ÄĚ18 This reaction against the politicization of religion
---[URL=http://www.salon.com/2013/11/04/were_raising_a_generation_of_atheists/]]]http://tinyurl.com/y86kwgnm (Generation atheist! Millennials to religion ‚ÄĒ get out of politics)[/URL]
Phil Johnson wrote: .... Evangelicals have become accustomed to compromise. They have abandoned (or else are in the process of abandoning) virtually all the doctrinal distinctives that made them distinct from Roman Catholics and nominal Christians whose faith amounts to a kind of civil religion. Evangelicals have pretty much forfeited whatever real moral and spiritual authority their movement ever had.