Krista Tippett on Millennials Losing Their Religion

Friday, October 18, 2013

All this week, The Takeaway has been exploring America's changing religious landscape in our series "Young Nation Under God?" But America is still a deeply religious country. 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 discuss these big questions with Krista Tippett, the host of On Being, a radio show that explores religion and spirituality in our daily life.

She helps us tie together all the stories we've been hearing this week on young people and religion, from young Jews, Muslim-Americans, and atheists. And she explains why she believes the growing number of "unaffiliated" millennials could be the source for renewing America's religious traditions. 


Krista Tippett

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson and Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

John A.

Its really important to remember that your mind continually grows, or at least it should. If you look back at the religion you were taught as a child, you are comparing a postage stamp with a mural. Obsessing on man-on-a-cloud-with-white-beard is just missing a lot of the things that Adults are taught. Children can't handle that level of depth, but it is available if/when you want the challenge.

Oct. 18 2013 03:24 PM
Shruti from Vijayawada

Ms. Tippett appears to be lollygagging in some fully delusional theological la la land where the truth of the package of supernatural based preachments (religion)that you chose or(more likely)your parents chose for you, is irrelevant as long as it "works" for you. And, Mr. Hockenberry fully fails to challenge Tippett on this pesky little detail: (to mix metaphors) the elephant in the room who has no clothes.

Oct. 18 2013 09:44 AM
Ed from Larchmont

On the other hand, there is more a blurring of denominational boundaries, and the emergence of a kind of 'people of good will', regardless of belief, which, if it doesn't disregard belief, is not a bad thing. The message of the angel - 'to all men of good will'.

Oct. 18 2013 09:23 AM
Ed from Larchmont

How can one look at the Catholic Church, and other churches and faiths, with all the service they do, and claim they aren't serving?

I think the problem is that people aren't or aren't able to ask the question, not 'What works or helps?', but 'What is true'? We're losing the category of truth in our thought, despairing of finding it.

Oct. 18 2013 09:14 AM

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