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Millennial Generation and Christianity, What’s Missing?

A new study shows that while many young adults are spiritual, they have mixed views and beliefs about basic biblical principles.

The report conducted by LifeWay Research of the Southern Baptist Convention examined the religious views and practices of American “millennials” — those who were born between 1980 and 1991.

According to the survey, 65 percent of millennials identify themselves as Christian, while 14 percent say they are atheist or agnostic, 14 percent have no religious preference, and eight percent claim other religions. Also, one-in-four attends a worship service once a week or more, but two out of three rarely or never visit a church, temple, synagogue or mosque.

Scott McConnell (Lifeway)Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research, believes the results show that many of the millennials who identify themselves as Christian do not practice foundational disciplines.

“We see that 65 percent do not pray with others, and 67 percent do not read sacred texts, such as the Bible, Koran, or the key texts from other religions,” he notes. “So we see that many in this younger generation really are not putting themselves in a place to be hearing the truth of Jesus Christ.”

McConnell adds that the survey also shows there are many opportunities to show others the love of Christ. He feels it is important that parents teach their children to be authentic and to live out their faith.

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