February 21, 2010

Are Americans Becoming Less Religious?

Religion_1.gifOne of the unfortunate things about writing an atheist-oriented blog in the United States is that it seems like I rarely find good news to celebrate. Religious belief is far too influential in American life. And yet, it appears that there is at least some reason for encouragement.

A new study from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public life shows that American youth are less religious than their parents at their age. Good news indeed! Not surprisingly, the study also shows that there remains great similarity between much of what the youth believe and what their parents and grandparents believe. But at least things seem to be moving in a positive direction.