Steadily fewer believe in God or pray, since 1980

From Vocative:

Since 1980, the number of Americans who believe in God has decreased by half and the number who pray has declined five-fold. Has America lost its faith?

The findings suggest that, “millennials are the least religious generation in memory, and possibly in American history,” says Jean M. Twenge, psychology professor at San Diego State University and coauthor on the study, in a press statement. “Most previous studies concluded that fewer Americans were publicly affiliating with a religion, but that Americans were just as religious in private ways. That’s no longer the case, especially in the last few years.” More.

Reality check: As always, the problem is more with what people do believe than with what they don’t.

Millennials, coming of age in this environment, are also vastly less interested than people their age used to be in traditional intellectual freedom issues, as Greg Lukianoff documents Unlearning Liberty

There is a correlation. In North America, freedom of religion, freedom of media, and intellectual freedom have tended to be seen as a bundle. It’s not surprising that the new generation would also want to restrict free speech.

What they really want is a government-funded cure for thinking for oneself.

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