Millennials, Gen Xers Less Likely to Believe in God, Poll Finds
“The millennial generation, in particular, seems committed to living without God, without the Bible, and without Christian churches as a foundation in their personal lives or in American society.”
Millennials in the United States are much less likely to believe in God and the teachings of the Bible than older generations, according to a new survey.
Arizona Christian University’s American Worldview Inventory survey showed that young adults are less likely to identify with an organized religion and instead adopt other beliefs, such as horoscopes.
“Generation X and Generation Y have solidified dramatic changes in the nation’s core beliefs and lifestyles,” George Barna, research director at ASU’s Center for Cultural Research, said in a press release. . “From a national perspective, the Christian church has done very little to push back. The result is a culture in which fundamental institutions – including churches – and basic lifestyles are continually being radically redefined.
While 57% of millennials surveyed consider themselves Christians, 43% “don’t know, don’t care, or believe that God exists”.
The Cultural Research Center interviewed 2,000 adults as part of the survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. The survey defines millennials as people born between 1984 and 2002 and members of Generation X born between 1965 and 1983.
These generations are extremely more likely to have different spiritual beliefs than the baby boomer and builder age groups. Baby boomers are defined as those born from 1946 to 1964 and the generation of builders as those born from 1927 to 1945.
The survey found that 30% of Millennials believe the universe was created by God and 31% believe that “God is the all-knowing, all-powerful and righteous creator of the universe (who) still rules it today. ” These numbers increase moderately for Generation X and are doubled for the Boomer and Builder generations.
Only 3% of builders and 10% of baby boomers get their horoscope advice, but younger generations are much more likely to follow the horoscope. About 35% of Millennials and 32% of Gen Xers follow their horoscopes, according to the survey.
“The millennial generation, in particular, seems committed to living without God, without the Bible, and without Christian churches as a foundation in their personal lives or in American society,” said Barna. “In the 60s and 70s, the baby boomers opened the floodgates to question cultural foundations. Baby Busters, or Gen X, continued this cultural transition, albeit less emphatically. Millennials mimic the aggressive baby boomers in their determination to reshape culture to suit their preferences.
Millennials are also less likely to adopt the Bible as a moral guide, see Satan as real, and participate in religious activities, the survey finds.
The survey follows on from a Gallup poll on declining Church membership. For the first time in Gallup’s 80-year history, less than 50% of Americans report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque.
According to Gallup, only 36% of Millennials belong to a church, mosque or synagogue, and only 6% engage in daily religious activities.