Gen Z: The Decline of Religious Affiliation?

About 120 young adults kneel and pray at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 20 during a vigil called “Evening Prayer for the Survivors of Clerical Abuse and the Healing of the Church.” (CNS/The Catholic Spirit/Dave Hrbacek)

“God is dying!” some older Christians say. But what does that mean? Currently, the fastest growing religion in the United States is actually agnosticism, or a better term, religiously unaffiliated.

Religion in Public is an online blog with publications from scholars that pertain to religion. I came across “Generation Z and Religion: What New Data Show” by Melissa Deckman, the Chair of the Political Science Department at Washington College. Her findings sparked some reaction from others in the field of social science/religious studies.

I also read “The Decline of Religion May Be Slowing” by Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge, both of whom are political science professors. I got the chance to speak with all of them:

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