According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than one-quarter of American adults, about 28 percent, have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion, or no religion at all. A quarter of millennials (ages 18-30) say they are not affiliated with any particular religion. In our series “Young Nation Under God?,” The Takeaway explores America's changing relationship with religion and faith.
32 percent of young American Jews identify as Jewish but describe themselves as having no religion. Today, young people are more likely to define their Jewish identity by ancestry, ethnicity, or culture. What does it mean to be Jewish? Three young Jewish Americans, Adam Chandler, Michael Yashinsky, and Sarah Seltzer, share their stories.
The Pew Research Center has found that Americans ages 18 to 30 are significantly less religious than older Americans. Current data shows that "millennials," people born after 1980, are unaffiliated with any religious group. The Takeaway is joined by Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, to discuss the data behind religion and how it affects American culture today.
This week The Takeaway is exploring the relationship millennials, those aged 18-30, have with religion in our series "Young Nation Under God?" According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than one-quarter of American adults, about 28 percent, have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion, or no religion at all. Here you'll find an infographic of the trends reported by Pew.
This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a full 1 in 4 millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, do not affiliate with any faith. They haven't just lapsed in observance, but have chosen to leave organized religion altogether. Three young Christians turned atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church. Emily Peterson, Daniel Munoz, Amber van Natten all grew up in traditional Christian households but now identify as atheists and humanists.
Although 1 in 4 millennials claim no religious affiliation, 84 percent of all Americans still identify with an organized religion. What is behind this change between the generations? And what does it mean for America's future? We get the answers from Krista Tippett, the host of On Being, a radio show that explores religion and spirituality in our daily life.
As part of our series "Young Nation Under God?," The Takeaway will host a live online chat today from 2-3 PM Eastern. The chat will focus on the changing role religion plays in American society, particularly for the millennial generation (ages 18-30). The live chat will be moderated our host John Hockenberry and Lisa Pearce, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. Together John and Lisa will answer your questions and examine religion in America.
A full 1 in 4 millennials claim no religious affiliation. How do religious leaders feel about this shift? And what are they doing to try to attract young people back into the religious fold? For answers, we turn to Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Ohio; Pastor Dennis Baril of the Community Covenant Church in Massachusetts; and Imam Mustafa Umar with the Islamic Institute of Orange County, CA.