1 in 3 Young Americans Doubt Existence of God, Lost of Faith Continues to Increase, Poll Shows
By - Crossmap On June 28, 2012
A recent poll taken by the Pew Research Center revealed that young Americans are losing faith in the existence of God.
The results of the poll, conducted in April, suggest that 1 in 3 Americans under age 30 doubt that God exists. Whereas only 9% of those 65 and older have doubts.
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When the participants were asked to consider the statement: "I never doubted the existence of god," 18% recorded that they mostly or completely disagree with the statement.
Although the results are saddening, Jonathan Morris, a Fox News religion contributor, interpreted the values differently.
"Morris, a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of New York, said that having doubt doesn't necessarily mean that young people don't believe in God... Morris also said that questioning one's faith could be a positive thing leading to a mature acceptance of their beliefs," The Huffington Post reported.
Morris cited himself and Mother Teresa as people who have experienced doubt in their faith at some point. He even mentioned that the late nun's diary was "full of spiritual conflict."
And yet, a CNN reports indicates that the recent poll shows a 15% drop in conviction over the last 5 years. A Pew poll from 2007 expressed that over 80% in the "Millennial" generation never doubted the existence of God.
The results confirm that young people are expressing more doubts about faith now compared to the time Pew began posing questions on their American Values Survey 10 years ago.
"Additionally, 25 percent of Millennials identified as 'religiously unaffiliated,'' The Huffington Post reported.