Religious Transformation? I’m Just Here for the Atmosphere!
Just so they get there, that's the first step. A new report shows that a loud and troubled world is sending younger people seeking peace and quiet to church, even if they don't believe in God.
ComRes surveyed more than 4,000 U.S. adults and found 30 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds say they go to church, but with the majority saying they only go once or twice a year. About 17 percent of respondents ages 25 to 34 say they go to church once or twice a year. The data shows that 18 to 24-year-olds are most-likely to visit church, compared to just 31 percent of those ages 65 and up, and 22 percent of those ages 45 to 54.
Study author and theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah says young people are attracted to churches and cathedrals because they see them as "quiet and sacred" spaces. He adds that the younger set has become interested in spirituality through the rise of techniques such as mindfulness, which was leading them to church even if they don't yet actually believe in God. (Daily Mail)