Atheist’s kids often find religion later in life, report shows

The Pew Research Center released a report earlier this week that looked at the religious landscape of the United States.

Among the findings, Pew reported that almost half of all children who grow up as religiously unaffiliated (that’s about one in 10 Americans kids) end up finding religion later in life.

“Yes, 1 in 5 people raised in a community of faith now identify as non-religious — the primary talking point from yesterday’s well-publicized report,” The Daily Beast reported. “But what most of this week’s flurry of media coverage missed is an even more pronounced trend in the opposite direction: nearly half of everyone raised with no religion is now part of a faith tradition.”

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12 thoughts on “Atheist’s kids often find religion later in life, report shows

  1. Intimidation and curiosity led me to explore religion. I suspect that is often the case for those who lack a decent understanding of religion. A desire for community also plays a part and can result in positive changes for people which can foster a connection for them with that belief’s story as it will be connected with a feeling of positivity.

    This trend makes sense to me.

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  2. So no start up religion leads to later religion while start up religions leads 1 out of 5 ending with no religion? Interesting? I wonder why?

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      • Hi Jason – as I’ve noted below it could also be in the USA that religion, in particular Christianity is promoted pretty heavily.

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  3. Religion is hard wired. Those who say they are athiests still somewhere hiding in the darkness still hide a maybe. In fact it is more intellectually honest to be agnostic. To “know for sure” there is no God while at the same time not having an all knowing mind is not being honest. One would require the mind of God to know for sure there is no God.

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  4. Does anyone know of any data that shows which political party has the most people of faith and one with rhe most atheists?

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  5. The reason for this phenomena is that people born to religious parents often don’t know by personal experience what drove their parents to abandon atheism and embrace religion. And many religious parents aren’t the role models they need to be in order to retain their children in their faith. Plus, we live in an affluent society where the demarcation between the religious and irreligious does not affect one’s comfort level. Thus many children are led to believe that the grass is greener on the other side and abandon their religious upbringing, becoming atheists.

    My boss often ridicules the “new converts” to his religion as more bigoted than himself (who was born into the religion of his parents). What he does not understand is that his parents experienced first hand what it was that drove them to reject atheism and become Christian, whereas he did not.

    Perhaps, if Christians really practiced what they preached instead of trying to accommodate and compromise their beliefs for friendship with unbelievers, their children would experience firsthand what it means to be a Christian.

    The apostle Paul once said that those who live godly lives will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12).

    Let Christian truly live as a Christian ought to live, and soon s/he will understand how evil atheism really is, and why it should be rejected.

    Let Christians compromise their beliefs and their religion will become so burdensome to their children, they will reject the faith of their fathers and find their relief in joining the enemy of mankind (whether this be atheism, sex, drugs, rock’n roll, etc)

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  6. I wonder if that holds true for other cultures or just the USA ?

    One of the aspects of religion in the US is that it’s “marketed” fairly well over there.

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