Eli Ridder | The Post

Christianity’s prevalence in the United States continues to weaken as numbers show drops in church attendance and affiliation as atheism rises, according to a study released by Barna and Impact 360 Institute in January.

The Gen Z report examined the so-called “Generation Z”, born between 1999 and 2015, considered by Barna as post-millennial, diving into “their views on faith, truth and the church in a time of growing religious apathy.”

Research showed that the percentage of teenagers that identify as atheist is double that of the general population.

Barnes record that 13 per cent of current teens affiliate with atheism, meaning they believe in no “God figure”, in comparison to the 6 per cent of adults that believe the same.

Three of four “baby boomers”, those born in the twenty years following the end of World War II, are Protestant or Catholic Christians, while three in five 13- to 18-year-old’s, or 59 per cent, identify as a genre of Christian, according to the study.

Barna questioned non-Christians on what stood as barriers to faith, finding that there were a few reasons in common with previous generations, but found “the problem of evil and suffering is a deal breaker” for the Gen Z.

“It appears that today’s youth, like so many throughout history, struggle to find a compelling argument for the existence of both evil and a good and loving God,” Barnes found.

More details to follow. Image of Gen Z people from Media Village. 




Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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