A newly released joint survey by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the Public Religion Research Institute has insights into millennial generation, and the news is discouraging. “The 2012 Millennial Values Survey” has found that the generation of Americans ages 18-24 are more likely to be religiously unaffiliated (25 percent) than older Americans. Here are some of its findings:
◗ Catholicism is among the religious affiliations that has experienced the largest net loss of millennials, with 28 percent being raised in the Faith, and only 20 percent of millennials identifying as Catholics today.
◗ While 40 percent of millennials say religion is very important or the most important thing in their life, fully a third told researchers it’s not too important or not important at all. And while 76 percent agree that Christianity “has good values and principles,” 62 percent believe Christianity is “judgmental.”
◗ The survey found that millennials who attended or are attending a religiously affiliated college or university are more likely to report attending worship services once a week (45 percent) than non-religious private school (13 percent) or public university (21 percent) counterparts. Overall, 25 percent of millennials report attending services at least weekly.