I think it's a mistake to assume that because "God is alive and well in
America" that religions--the organized kind--are necessarily due for some
big expansion, courtesy of the aging boomers.There's a solid
demographic of Americans who are "spiritual but not religious." And
from what I've read, we're growing steadily. This would include all
the boomers who never turned away from a sense of God, but just couldn't
accept the "one size fits all" doctrines of their former religions.We've discovered, and continue to discover, God from within and are
open to all forms of spirituality which give us insights into that discovery.Above all, we can never accept that any particular religion has "the
one and only Truth" about God.From what I've observed, many
young people feel the same way. They don't want outside-in doctrine, they
want inside-out discovery.Yes, I'm confident God will still be
alive to most Americans in the years to come. But I doubt the majority of them
will still experience God in the form today's religions present
Religion may or may not become more important as boomers age, but a lot of the
boomers I know, like myself, are no longer subscribing to the idea that it only
comes from a church. They're hungry for money and power in this world, and
do not offer insight into goodness or morality beyonnd what is in our innate
nature. God doesn't come with real estate and a monthly invoice.
"Based on the premise that people become more religious as they age,"The problem is that this premise is flawed. According to that graph on the
left side of the page, midway down the article, the two oldest generations are
actually getting LESS RELIGIOUS as they age - from 3 and 6% unaffiliated in the
1970s, to 5 and 8% unaffiliated in the 2000s, respectively. This
article shows the example of ONE couple who went from being inactive in their
faith, to returning to activity later in life. But what about the people who
were fully believing members of a church throughout their life, and later left
the religion. From what I have seen, there are more people leaving religion,
than returning to it (including those of the aging generations). I think this
article is completely useless, full of nonsense, and nothing more than religious
propaganda to try and get more people in pews.
Religion may play more prominent role in America?Heaven forbid!
All of the polls and articles I have seen in the last ten years is that
organized religion is losing members at very high rates. So for this article to
state that religion is playing more of a roll is confusing? The information age
has given people access to truth and inconsistancies that religion has kept
quiet for many years. Looking at Faith and what the Bible has to offer, I have
yet to see a church that would be fit for Jesus Christ! Free of strange rituals
and bizarre beginnings!
I am at least one person whose sense of reason will prevail: the article says
that past polls make it possible to predict that religiosity increases with age.
They do not predict that church affiliation necessarily increases with age.Some of the above comments confuse religiosity with church
affiliation.America has always been one of the most truly religious
countries in the Christian world. As immigration from non-Christian countries
has increased our religious diversity, it has not decreased our overall
religiosity. Over our history, as individuals and groups have splintered and
reformed, our overall religiosity has apparently not declined very much.I am unabashedly LDS, but I believe that religiosity in general and
organization around shared religious beliefs are good for the country. At the
same time we were one of the most truly religious countries in the world, we
also emerged as the strongest, freest, and wealthiest country in history. I
believe there is a correlation between our religiosity, our religious diversity
and tolerance, and our strength.I applaud that older, wiser
Americans are more religious.
I have a sincere question: Does anyone know if atheists become prone to changing
their views--that there is no God and no afterlife--and become somewhat
'spiritual' (not religious) as they age?
The graph "Religiosity by generation" shows that the percent
unaffiliated with a religion remains quite constant over time, within a given
cohort. Despite the single anecdote offered in this article, this graph shows
that there is not much of a tendency of those who are unaffiliated to become
affiliated with a religion as they age. In fact, among the Greatest and Silent
generations, there has been a slight increase in the unaffiliated percent as
time has gone by.