In the fast paced world of 2015, it seems that less and less young people have the time or the desire to become affiliated with a religion and they seem quite bored with the concept of Church altogether.
In the US, this is a trend that has increased exponentially during the past few years. The Pew Research Center conducted a study in 2007 meant to gather information on the religions Americans were affiliated to, what they found was that only 78.4% of Americans thought of themselves as Christians. Fast forward to May 2015, Pew conducted a similar survey on 35,000 adults living in the United States and the result of the study of was that only 70,6% people were followers of the Christian religion.
That means that the number of Christians has dropped by almost 8% in 8 years.
The worst hit were the Catholic and Protestant branches of the Church and while Christianity begins to fade away from the hearts of the Americans, thanks to an increase in immigrants, Islam and Hinduism have actually gain more adepts.
So what has happened to Christianity and why is it no longer appealing to young adults?
According to the Pew study, most of the people (85% of them) born between the years 1928 – 1945 said that they are Christians, whereas only 56% of those born in the 1990-1996 timeframe recognize themselves as Christians.
Most of those renouncing their Christian faith have answered yes to the question: “Where you raised in a religious home?”
So it is quite clear to see that the older generations have difficulties in instilling the Christian faith in their children. Most of those who answered yes to the question above were either atheists or agnostic.
With the drop in numbers, Christianity might become less vocal regarding sensitive issues such as abortions, same-sex marriage and contraception. Their attitude regarding these issues has also affected the image of the Church in the eyes of the young.
Loss in followers for the Christian religion may be due to a number of key factors, but the most important is the poor relationship that the leaders of the Church have with young adults.
The fact that people are choosing to marry later in life with partners who do not necessarily share their beliefs in a higher power can also be a contributing factor.
Also, a children brought up in a household with more than one religion, will not received the nudge our grandparents received in following the traditions of Christianity.
Many experts place the blame on the rise of Internet and on the fact that many young Christian are not engaged by their youth ministers in a way that makes a real and lasting impact on their life.
However, what the study truly revealed, was that young adults of modern times are choosing not to follow blindly into the faith of their parents, but they are choosing their own opinion regarding spirituality and the concept of God.
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