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  •  very interesting (5+ / 0-)

    I wonder how many people say "none" in their 18-30 years and then come back to a religion later in life.

    Regardless, these results strike me as positive. I'm sick of the dominant place religion has had in American culture and politics during the past 40 years.

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    by mightymouse on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:26:43 PM PDT

    •  Not many. (8+ / 0-)

      Here's 1990:



      So, following the 18-30 (call it roughly 20-30) group from 1990 across 3 decades, we see that they're 10.5% None in 1990, 16.3% None in 2000, and 15.4% None in 2010 (where they're mixed in with 5 years of slightly older/more religious people).

      2000's 18-30 group goes from 20.4% None in 2000 to 22.4% None in 2010.

      It seems that a lot of under-60 Protestants across all 3 age groups lost their religion in the '90s, but other than that, people's religious identification doesn't seem to change much with age. All of the categories actually seem to be quite stable for each cohort except for the big shift from Protestant to None in the '90s.

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      by kyril on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:46:53 PM PDT

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      •  very interesting - thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:55:39 PM PDT

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      •  the collapse of the liberal mainline protestants (4+ / 0-)
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        the old once a week on sundays and then let me live my life protestants. as churches demanded more fervor and got more devotional to try and compete with the evangelicalization of the right flank, many people drifted away.

      •  "Religious identification"... (4+ / 0-)
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        kyril, blueoasis, OhioNatureMom, mudfud27 the very last thing to go. IIRC, in Canada four times as many people identify as United Church than actually go to church, even at Christmas and Easter. For most of these people, religion is such a trivial aspect of their lives that they can't even be bothered to turn their backs on it.

        I can see priests becoming little more than choreographers for weddings and funerals, felt to be necessary, but necessary as a wedding cake is necessary (and probably less expensive). They will be there as part of the show; whether anyone believes anything they preach will be irrelevant. That's more or less the way it is in Japan now.

        "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

        by sagesource on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 02:33:01 AM PDT

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