This article certainly went into much more depth on this topic than most do today. I want to bring up three quotes from it and add my input to the discussion.
Yes, it’s true, as critics point out, that younger Americans tend to be less religiously affiliated than older generations. But data show they are nearly as likely as their elders to pray and believe in God. While their support for gay rights might suggest moral confusion to social conservatives, they are just as likely as older Americans to judge abortion morally wrong. Are these signs of a generation with no regard for morality, or one with its own convictions about what’s right and what’s wrong?
Be less “religiously affiliated” is certainly a sign of our times. I personally have given up my religious affiliations in recent years. It is no secret to anyone here that I think many of the religious establishments of today have strayed deeply from those of their founders. They are much too political and much less compassionate than what their original teaching intended. This belief has been in the back of my mind for several years but I did not want to jeopardize the “clubhouse” aspects of the religious institution to bring them forward. It is heartening to see that the millennials as a whole are addressing these issues head on.
If you’re around Millennials much, you know they tend to voice their morality with more humility, even hesitation, than the old guard. That’s partly because they are legitimately suspicious of easy answers to complex questions, and their moral compasses tell them that condemning others is rarely the right way to treat people.
I must admit that I am not around Millennials much but I am delighted with the above quote. If by the “old guard” the author is talking about the Moral Majority of the 1980′s then I celebrate this change. It is nice to see a generation who is humble and hesitant in a spiritual plane. Jesus Christ, who am a follower, was all about inclusion. Much of today’s religious establishments are about exclusion and it seems that millennials are “getting” that. I salute them for that.
Data and innumerable examples show that today’s young adults are a generation marked by impressive social commitment and dedication to using their lives and careers for the greater good.
It’s not that there’s a shortage of morality among the so-called Millennial generation, which reached adulthood post-2000. It’s just that they have different morals, and different ways of articulating them. Thank goodness….
One of the biggest changes statistically is people who claim they are not religious but are spiritual. That is they believe in God but don’t affiliate with any of today’s established religions. The number of people who declare they are part of this group has almost doubled in the last fifteen years. So, I too shout “Thank goodness”.