And Appendix B includes a description of how the findings from the Religious Landscape Study compare with other major religion surveys. Older generations of American adults who were overwhelmingly Christian by affiliation and comparatively devout in belief and behavior are gradually passing away.
Although previous research has not found ideological differences in the tendency to have moral convictions about most issues [ 32 ], that does not mean that the factors that lead people to identify a given issue as a moral conviction will be the same for those on the political left and right.
The share of older Millennials who say they seldom or never attend religious services has risen by 9 percentage points.
The shifts in attitudes toward homosexuality among the largest religious groups are being driven partly by young adults, who are much more accepting of homosexuality than older Americans. Abstract People often assume that moral and religious convictions are functionally the same thing.
An extensive new survey of more than 35, U.
The estimate that there were nearly million adults in the U. There is also considerable evidence that people believe that a lack of religious belief is associated with immorality; even atheists are more likely to believe that religious non-believers are less moral than religious believers [ 22 ].
But we have no more urgent task ….Nearly half of evangelical Protestants say the growing number of immigrants has been a change for the worse, far higher than the share of other religious groups who say the same. They overwhelmingly support abortion and gay marriage. Senior Writer Caryle Murphy wrote the chapter on views of religious institutions. One can dispute the accuracy of the books, articles, and lectures of these and other authors. Research Associate Becka A. Meanwhile, nearly three-in-ten Democrats say they have no religion, up 9 points in recent years. Young adults generally express more politically liberal opinions than older people when asked about the environment, the proper size and scope of government, and immigration. We should also note that our hypotheses are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The more talk about values the better in political campaigns, and religion is a primary source of values for many Americans. The Landscape Study shows, for example, that nearly all major religious groups have become significantly more accepting of homosexuality in recent years — even groups, such as evangelicals and Mormons, that traditionally have expressed strong opposition to same-sex relationships. On June 10, , John F. These are not, however, the days of miracles, and I suppose it will be granted that I am not to expect a direct revelation. Greenblatt and others at elite universities are serving an important ideological purpose by using their academic authority to discredit Christianity, whose adherents are obstacles not only to abortion and gay rights, but to medical research unrestricted by moral concerns about the use of fetal tissue, to new reproductive technologies, to doctor-assisted suicide, and in general to liquefying traditional moral limits so that they can be reconstructed according to the desires of the Nones. The survey also finds generation gaps within many religious groups in attitudes about a variety of other social and political issues. John C.