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-Barna: Atheism Doubled in Generation Z?

by Dr. D ~ February 9th, 2018

Barna on Gen Z

A recent survey by Barna Research shows that atheism among Gen Z is double that of the U.S. adult population:

Americans’ beliefs are becoming more post-Christian and, concurrently, religious identity is changing.

Enter Generation Z: Born between 1999 and 2015, they are the first truly “post-Christian” generation. More than any other generation before them, Gen Z does not assert a religious identity. They might be drawn to things spiritual, but with a vastly different starting point from previous generations, many of whom received a basic education on the Bible and Christianity. And it shows: The percentage of Gen Z that identifies as atheist is double that of the U.S. adult population. To examine the culture, beliefs and motivations shaping this next generation, Barna conducted a major study in partnership with Impact 360 Institute, now available in the brand new Gen Z report. In this release, we take a look at their views on faith, truth and the church in a time of growing religious apathy.

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Response: The warning shofars should be blowing in the American church and among all people of faith in America. Our religious freedom and liberty relies upon vast numbers of believers continuing to support an original understanding of the 1st Amendment. 

As the numbers of nones and atheists grow, challenges to our religious rights will also naturally expand. The numbers indicated in this research are frightening and if the trend continues, America will be a far different place in just one generation.

It is past time for religious leaders in America to devise programs that reach out to our youth before it is too late. It really is time to pray for a new awakening and revival in America if our freedoms are to be preserved.             *Top

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