A recent Brookings Institute study has found that in the United States the number of religious progressives is increasing, while the number of religious conservatives is declining. While religious conservatives still take the lead in America, at 28% of the population, progressives are not far behind at 19%.
Studies also show that the number of religious conservatives is declining in America with each new generation. For example, today 47% of the ‘Silent Generation’ are religious conservatives, while only 17% of ‘Millennials’ consider themselves conservatives—a 30% decline in just a few generations. Not only have religious conservatives been declining, but being part of an affiliated religion has also declined with each successive generation.
Research conducted this year has shown that the number of Americans who do not consider themselves to be part of an organized religion is at the highest rate it has been since the 1930s—the first time data was collected on the subject. This trend and politics seem to be undoubtedly intertwined. Many see traditional religions as being outdated and not staying in tune with modern day thinking and social/cultural values.
Religious progressives are spread across America, and unlike the religious conservatives, religion is not a top priority in their lives. They believe that religion should not be associated with public debate, and they generally do not have a close connection to religious institutions.
The study poses the question of whether religious conservatives would be able to overcome this decline in popularity; however the Public Religion Research Institute claims that would be very challenging and highly unlikely.
From the perspective of someone who is included in ‘Generation Y,’ as we grow and expand as a human race, so do our minds and attitudes towards religion. Most of the younger generation may not find it desirable to be a conservative, or even have a religion, because it gives us more freedom and allows us to be more open-minded. Religion is also at the center of a lot of conflict, especially when it is involved in politics on a global scale. It should be noted that just because someone is not affiliated with a religious organization, that does not mean that they do not consider themselves to be spiritual beings. I can appreciate the direction religion is going in, as explained in this article. I believe that with progressive Christians on the rise, and with less social-cultural emphasis on the importance of belonging to an organized religion, there will hopefully be less conflict and discrimination, not only in North America but throughout the world.
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http://huff.to/1rvyWUq – ‘Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds’
http://huff.to/1hRDHao – ‘Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report’