Secularism In The Millennials

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Secularism is not new to the Millennials, the most highly educated generation, but it has strengthened to a point that significantly impacts their quest for meaning and identity (Salt). They are learning, growing and maturing in an age where virtually all theological discussions have been removed from the classrooms and workplaces. Teachers are not permitted to speak the name of deities or higher powers, or discuss belief systems within the classrooms. The ability to openly discuss meaning, purpose, magic and mystery is discouraged or worse, forbidden. There is “…little tolerance for doubt and intellectual questioning…” (Frye).
The secularized world that the Millennials have matured in is very different than that of previous generations.
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In fact, “...one-quarter (25%) currently identify as unaffiliated…” (A Generation in Transition). This number has risen substantially, tripling from the late 1960’s to the 2010s (Twenge). In a much smaller study (584 participants) “…the percentage of youth who reported an affiliation with a particular religion or faith declined significantly across the transition to adulthood” (Chan). ne-in-five members of Generation Next say they have no religious affiliation or are atheist or agnostic, nearly double the proportion of young people who said that in the late 1980s. And just 4% of Gen Nexters say people in their generation view becoming more spiritual as their most important goal in life (PEW - A portrait of generation …show more content…
The increase in non-affiliation and religious “nones” may be a result of the fact that, “Science, technological development, and new political and economic structures have posed alternatives to religious world-views and have proved capable of functioning on their own, independent of religious influence or even legitimation.” (Berger). Millennials are also the children, or grandchildren of baby boomers who had already begun to the leave the church, therefore the, “...young people are now born outside any church horizon and are in no way concerned with the church” (Unbelief, pg 5). The Millennials are simply no longer interested in talking about God or religion (Unbelief, pg

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