Teens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline

  • metta

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    May 28, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    Teens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline

    "Some 75 percent of American 12th graders, the paper finds, believe that religion is “not important at all” in their lives."


    "children born in the 1980’s and 1990’s form an “Entitlement Generation,” which she describes as being “tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/teens-are-fleeing-religion-like-never-before-massive-new-study-exposes-religions-decline/
  • monstapex

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    May 30, 2015 2:11 PM GMT
    http://www.signs-of-end-times.com/
  • mar0302

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    May 30, 2015 2:21 PM GMT
    Well... Its bound to happen.. although they say differently, most religions are about judging others.. and the young are realising that the judgments aren't really true.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 30, 2015 8:30 PM GMT
    The younger kids of today are trying to get the U.S. on par with other modern, secular countries like Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, Denmark, etc. This will be very good for the U.S. in the long run. These kids have already seen the hypocrisy of religious leaders and their followers and are having none of it. Who can blame them.
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    May 30, 2015 8:36 PM GMT


    It's like this: If the Duggar's show and resultant fall from grace and Duck Dynasty etc had been on TV when I was young, I doubt I'd be the Christian I am today.

    Same with some of these Peddling Pastor shows.

    Place the blame where it lies.

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    May 30, 2015 8:38 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    It's like this: If the Duggar's show and resultant fall from grace and Duck Dynasty etc had been on TV when I was young, I doubt I'd be the Christian I am today.

    Same with some of these Peddling Pastor shows.

    Place the blame where it lies.

    On all the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs.icon_cool.gif
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    May 31, 2015 5:30 PM GMT
    metta8 saidTeens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline

    "Some 75 percent of American 12th graders, the paper finds, believe that religion is “not important at all” in their lives."


    "children born in the 1980’s and 1990’s form an “Entitlement Generation,” which she describes as being “tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/teens-are-fleeing-religion-like-never-before-massive-new-study-exposes-religions-decline/


    There is a tragedy in this.
  • FRE0

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    May 31, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
    According the the Bible, the most important law is two-fold, i.e., to love God and to love one's neighbor with the definition of neighbor greatly expanded via Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan That is commonly referred to as the Summary of the Law. The basic problem is that, over the centuries, that has too often not been followed. In fact, instead of following it, many Christians have engaged in activities that are obviously contrary to the Summary of the Law.

    It would greatly help if churches acknowledged their failure to follow the Summary of the Law and resolved to do so. That might even reverse the decline in church membership.
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    May 31, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    StephenOABC said
    metta8 saidTeens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline

    "Some 75 percent of American 12th graders, the paper finds, believe that religion is “not important at all” in their lives."


    "children born in the 1980’s and 1990’s form an “Entitlement Generation,” which she describes as being “tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/teens-are-fleeing-religion-like-never-before-massive-new-study-exposes-religions-decline/


    There is a tragedy in this.

    I don't think so.
  • oldfart

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    May 31, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    "Not important in their lives..." Tragedy indeed. Between ISIL and others keeping the Middle East in its endless state of war and fundies right here with way disproportionate leverage in our own legislatures, religion is obviously sadly all too important.
  • tazzari

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    May 31, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    "disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious" I'm not sure that inclines me to place much importance on what they think about religion.

    But the blame is squarely on religion with its endless condemnations, hysteria, control issues, wars... One glance at Pat Robertson, as an example of all that's wrong, and I tend to run as far from religion as I can get.
  • KissTheSky

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    May 31, 2015 9:16 PM GMT
    Conservative Republicans hijacked the Christian religion in America a few decades ago as a tactic to win political victories -- which worked for a while.
    Conservatives twisted the basic themes of Christianity from love and compassion into a grotesque stew of bigotry, hatred and fear.
    Today's conservative Christians hate gay people, Jews, Moslems, independent women, Latinos... the list goes on and on.

    Young people should be commended for seeing through this disgusting con job, throwing Conservatives where they belong -- on the garbage heap of history.
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    May 31, 2015 10:00 PM GMT
    Disliking religion, and everything that goes with it?

    Yes, I fully agree.

    But to see Jesus Christ as a friend who laid down his life to atone for our shortcomings, and to reconcile us to God?

    Well that's not religion, its a relationship, like a son has with his father, only a lot better. Now I would be happy to accept that.
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    Jun 01, 2015 1:50 AM GMT
    NotThatOld said

    But to see Jesus Christ as a friend who laid down his life to atone for our shortcomings, and to reconcile us to God?



    Jesus Christ died on the cross to keep you from enjoying masturbation.
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    Jun 01, 2015 8:09 AM GMT
    Knowledge is power, basically 20 years of it so far, considered a generation, of more knowledge available than ever before. Before this age, people had only other people to tell them what is happening, going on, believing, needing..etc. Unless this knowledge is restricted like in some current 3rd world countries, people, especially young, can find out more info within minutes, whether truth or not, is up to the individual to discern.

    When I got my first computer in '95, my then 58 year old mother refused to even look at the machine, like it was evil or something. I tried several times to put her in front of it, teach her how to use it but she continued to refuse. In fact, I was the first person in my immediate family to have a PC at home. I do remember one of my mom's friends of the same age deciding to take some computer classes and I would help her through some of the Windows '95 OS on my computer.

    Point is, knowledge availability. "What to believe", one can research their own conclusions now. Clergy are no longer the only source for spiritual-ness, guidance and the often controversial meaning(s) behind religion(s). I think my mom may have feared finding out the truth about her religion or at least the different points of view. So she instead took the claim of "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil", out of sight out of mind kind of thing. She didn't want to know, she only wanted to know what she already was told to believe icon_confused.gif



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    meninlove said

    It's like this: If the Duggar's show and resultant fall from grace and Duck Dynasty etc had been on TV when I was young, I doubt I'd be the Christian I am today.

    Same with some of these Peddling Pastor shows.

    Place the blame where it lies.



    The short comings and failures of any particular religion's or philosophy of life's adherents should never detract one from following that particular religion or philosophy if one finds it tenets beneficial.

    We are ALL flawed and often time fall short of living up to our ideals.
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    Jun 01, 2015 6:50 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidAccording the the Bible, the most important law is two-fold, i.e., to love God and to love one's neighbor with the definition of neighbor greatly expanded via Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan That is commonly referred to as the Summary of the Law. The basic problem is that, over the centuries, that has too often not been followed. In fact, instead of following it, many Christians have engaged in activities that are obviously contrary to the Summary of the Law.

    It would greatly help if churches acknowledged their failure to follow the Summary of the Law and resolved to do so. That might even reverse the decline in church membership.


    Indeed.

    BTW -- Regardless of how anyone defines the Hebrew word "re'a" in Leviticus 19:18 (often translated as "Love your neighbor as yourself"), you just have to go a few verses further, to Lev. 18:34 for the teaching that you should love the stranger as yourself. Neighbor, stranger, love 'em all...