Why Millennials Are Leaving Religion Without Looking Back

Millennials take a lot of blame for destroying everything about society. They reshape industries, change institutions, and seem to do it all with an expectation of having everyone hand them what they need on a silver platter. 

When we set perceptions aside, the conveniences that millennials enjoy have created new and exciting trends that benefit everyone. From ridesharing to programs like Uber Eats, every generation agrees in the majority that the benefits outweigh the potential disadvantages of these changes.

The one place of resistance that refuses to change is religion. 40% of Millennials say that they’re unaffiliated spiritually, and the people between the ages of 23 to 38 are just as likely to say that they have no religion in the U.S., as they are to identify as being a Christian.

Millennials Never Had Strong Ties to Religion

Even though Millennials have mortgages, spouses, and children, they’re not going back to church. One reason for this trend is the fact that their families never had secure connections to religion in the first place.

Young adults are more likely to marry someone non-religious than in the older generations, so the added life experiences help to reinforce secularism.

Then there are the changing views that millennials have with the relationship between morality and religion. Evangelicals would stress that abortion is murder, so supporting anyone or any organization that disagrees goes against the tenets of faith.

Millennials would say that religions who don’t support food banks, foster children, and other community organizations while condemning their perspectives are not worth any attention.

The Parents of Millennials Are Partly Responsible

17% of Millennials say that they were not raised in a specific religion when growing up. Less than one-third said that they attended weekly services regularly when they were young. That’s compared to 5% and 49% of Baby Boomers, respectively.

How parents see religion has a direct impact on how children shape their spiritual beliefs.

When both parents share the same religion, then 84% of the adults that come from these households identify with that definition of spirituality. That attitude remains consistent for those who grew up in homes without religious influences.

57% of Millennials say that religious people are less tolerant of others. Even though faith has direct associations with positive social outcomes, this generation cannot stand hypocrisy.