By Elizabeth Mullett
In class we had a discussion of science vs. faith and I was admittedly fearful of what this discussion would turn into a real debacle but to my surprise it had not. Why is that? Many people in our class, even me, were brought up with a certain religion and even when to religious public schools but they commented on how they either moved away from religion or they questioned the belief entirely. In the article “U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious” by the Pew Research Center, it talks about this issue. It discusses how in all the public is still very religious and most people do believe in some kind of God but there was a drop in how many people are “absolutely certain” that there is a god. It also discusses how the number of people who do not identify with any religion has risen, “Altogether, the religiously unaffiliated (also called the “nones”) now account for 23% of the adult population, up from 16% in 2007.” The article goes on to say, ” The growth of the “nones” as a share of the population, coupled with their declining levels of religious observance, is tugging down the nation’s overall rates of religious belief and practice.” The article also talks about how another reason for this decline in religiousness is due to the younger generations becoming more spiritual rather than religious. It goes on to say how less and less of the younger generations are going to religious meetings on a weekly basis, and how less people actually pray everyday which is half as many as the Baby Boomer generations. It also says that, “the share of Americans saying religion is “very” or “somewhat” important in their lives has declined, while the share saying religion is “not too” or “not at all” important to them has grown by 5 percentage points.” The article also states, ” the United States is growing less religious (in percentage terms) not because there are fewer highly religious people but rather because, as the overall U.S. population has grown, there are now many more nonreligious people than was the case just a few years ago.” So in all, the number of people who are faithful has not changed much but the younger generations do appear to be less religious as older generations and that more and more people now do not identify with a religion at all.