This is a brief article based on an older Religious News Service article about the rise of the nones. Is it more than just politics that is resulting in millennials abandoning religion? I very much believe that the changing demographics is also a factor.
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I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
John 10:28-30 ESV
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Are there more reasons why young people are leaving religion than just politics. Politics is huge and its a factor. When mainstream Protestantism was losing people the conservative evangelicals claimed it was because of theological liberalism. Now, conservative evangelicals are losing a large number of people. There are other factors that can also be a factor as told in this Religion News Service article.
Delayed Marriage and the Change in Cities in the United States
We live in a time in which the demographics of society are changing. The population is shifting from the heartland to the coasts. You see this happen on both the West and East Coast of the United States. Cities are growing bigger than they were previously and this is happening as many people’s wages remain stagnant while their cost of living is increasing. Can you afford to get married in places like New York City or San Francisco when several people are trying to jump start a career and sharing housing with many people. Here in the Washington, D.C. area there are people I know who have left the region to head to Maine, or the Midwest to be in a more family conducive spot. But is that process also resulting in more people walking away from religion?
Growth Among the Nones
The nones are continuing to grow and are the fast growing “religious” group in the United States. Its my belief that the restraints that kept people from joining the nones has been removed. That has happened with people rel-locating for employment and being away from historical family traditions. The other factor is that religion can’t reach the nones because of their approach and a number of issues. I think the biggest is how religion has treated gays, and how some conservative evangelicals are acting towards gays. Case in point is gay marriage and how some evangelicals can’t separate the issue of state versus spiritual marriage. The nones are an issue that is growing and its time that people acknowledge it. As for myself religious people need to reflect on these issues and why this is happening. But for me the rise of the nones will lead to a lot of changes which will be good.