Young Black Americans Aren’t Ditching Religion Like Their Peers Elsewhere
You may recall that recently a new study on religion by Pew Research Centre showed that young people are losing interest in religion and are not quite as religious as the generation before them.
That new reality holds true for most parts of the world, according to the survey.
But a new survey has shown that even though religion continues to appeal to fewer young people, young black Americans - those born between 1981 and 1996 - are considerably more religious than others in their generation.
According to the new Pew Research Center analysis, about six-in-ten black millennials, 61% say they pray at least daily, a significantly higher share than the 39% of non-black millennials saying this.
And while 38% of black Millennials say they attend religious services at least weekly, just a quarter, 25% of other Millennials do this, according to the analysis based on data from the Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study.
In fact, nearly two-thirds, 64% of black Millennials are highly religious on a four-item scale of religious commitment – which includes belief in God and self-described importance of religion, in addition to prayer and worship attendance – compared with 39% of nonblack Millennials.
At the same time, black Millennials are substantially less religious than older black adults by these measures.
They are less likely than older black adults to say they pray at least daily, that they attend religious services at least weekly, and that religion is very important to them.
By a variety of measures, black Millennials are more religious than others in their generation. These patterns generally hold on several – but not all – of the other religious beliefs and practices measured by the survey.
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