The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Youth not so hostile

Some suggest an ever-more coarse youth culture is shaping teens that are antagonistic to religion, but you can't prove it by the numbers. The National Study of Youth and Religion found that about two-thirds of U.S. 12th-graders say they don't feel alienated from organized religion. Only 15 percent said they are hostile toward religion, and another 15 percent said they had no feeling about it at all.

The survey of about 2,000 adolescents found that the number of teens hostile to religion has hovered at 15 percent since 1976.

African American youth were less likely to be alienated toward religion than teens of other races. About 70 percent of African American youth surveyed said their views were similar to their parents; 64 percent give money to religious groups or anticipate doing so in the future.

Females were more likely than males to support organized religion. Forty-seven percent said they donate to religious groups or plan to.


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