by Morgan Cook

According to the polls released on Tuesday, the percent of people who are religiously affiliated has been decreasing. This has been more apparent among young adults, judging by church attendance, prayer and belief in God.

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“As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations,” the Pew Research Center reports. The reports have shown that the largest amount of nonreligious people are young adults. There is the possibility that younger adults will become more religious with age. Analysis of the General Social Survey shows that as people get older, they pray more regularly and attend religious services more than their younger self. As people age, religion becomes a larger part of their lives.
Some politicians claim America is a “Christian nation,” but studies show that the number of Americans who recognize themselves as Christians decreased by almost 8%, from 78.4% to 70.6% in the last 7 years. The number of people who are religiously unaffiliated has grown by 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% in 2014. Although there are a fair amount of people who continue to be religiously affiliated and practice their faith. They appear to have grown more religiously observant in recent years. The small group of people that are still part of a faith have become more connected to their own faith. This group of people regularly have been reading scripture, sharing their faith with others, and participating in small prayer groups or scripture study groups more.

Sources: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/11/03/u-s-public-becoming-less-religious/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/12/pew-religious-landscape-survey-2014_n_7259770.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/americans-becoming-less-religious-especially-millenials-poll-n456906

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