A reputable survey from the Pew Research Center is making the religious news around the country. (See this one, for example.)
Here are some simple take-aways:
- For one thing, many millennials never had strong ties to religion to begin with, which means they were less likely to develop habits or associations that make it easier to return to a religious community.
- Young adults are also increasingly likely to have a spouse who is nonreligious, which may help reinforce their secular worldview.
- Changing views about the relationship between morality and religion also appear to have convinced many young parents that religious institutions are simply irrelevant or unnecessary for their children.
A more rigorous analysis of the study can be found here.