TOPIC: RELIGION IN THE 21st CENTURY AS IT RELATES TO MILLENIALS
The millennial generation has been characterized as a group of people who are constantly evolving. This is especially true when it comes to their religious beliefs and practices. In fact, a recent study found that nearly one-third of millennials identify as religiously unaffiliated
While some people may see this trend as a bad thing, I believe that it can actually be seen as a sign of progress. Religion has been used throughout history to control and oppress people, and I think that the increasing number of millennials who are choosing not to identify with any specific religion is a testament to our growing awareness and understanding of the world around us.
This doesn’t mean that millennials are completely rejecting all aspects of religion – in fact, many still find value in the rituals and traditions associated with various faiths. But we are increasingly looking for ways connected to their phones and social media, but also highly spiritual. Religion is changing in the 21st century with millennials leading the way. We will talk about how religion is being practiced differently by this generation, and what it means for the future of faith communities.
Why are the Millennials likely to be the least religious generation in history?
The Baby Boomers are the most religious generation in history, but they’re likely to be followed by a less Christ-oriented one. The millennials had their faith shattered when it came out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist and no amount of evidence could make them believers again. But this may not last forever—generation Z believes even less than Millennials did at first!
The Millennials are likely to be the least religious generation in history because of their education and access to information. They have never before had as much knowledge at their fingertips, which has led them away from traditional religions that require so many things from them such as prayer or scripture memorization.
Let’s not turn away at the advice of naysayers, who read the Torah in English translations, and don’t know what it speaks of. Part of the reason for this generation’s insolence, yes, sadly, insolence from youth to elders, is a lack of fear and respect for God, and consequently a lack of respect for elders too.
Why is Gen Z the least religious generation with most atheists?
In a world where there’s access to information, it seems like young people today would rebel against traditional religions. And yet studies show that this group hasn’t shown much of an interest in church or synagogue activities at all–and those who do attend services don’t spend as long doing so than other generations did when they were growing up: less than 2 hours on average per week (less even!). What could be responsible for such dramatic differences between older folks’ tendency toward faithfulness and younger adults’?
Exposure to diverse perspectives challenges the claims of any particular worldview, which is why people in multicultural, cosmopolitan societies tend to be less religious. Gen Z is the most ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse generation.
Upbringing is a multiplier effect that started with earlier generations. The decline in religious affiliation and an increase of people raising kids without religion means there’s less chance for the next generation to get exposed early on, so they’re growing up more secular than their parents’ or grandparents’.
Disgust with religion is as old as time, but it’s still prevalent today. Many young people see organized religions connected to intolerance and abuse: images of Islamic jihadists attacking concert goers in Paris or Christian conservative Christians denying climate change while waving
Do millennials have it tougher than previous generations?
It’s easy to make the case that they do. Many people in this day and age don’t even know what a credit card is, but we Millennials grew up with all of our needs met through technology from birth onwards! Our parents had dishwashers that could be programmed by code; I can easily imagine how much harder life must’ve been for those who didn’t get started on automation early enough – not only did you need basic cooking gear like pots & pans (plus cutlery), plus utensils needed when preparing food…but also clotheslines were out-of-date tech too so everyone was expected.
• Mish Note: While we can’t always control what our parents leave behind for us (or whether they pass away before providing any guidance), there are some great sources out there where you’ll find information on how best to handle these tough moments so as not to lose hope!