The Divide Widens


church-split In a recent survey conducted recently by the Search Institute in Minneapolis, over 6,000 people ranging from ages 12-25 were questioned about their religious beliefs and the results were quite clear:  young people have a growing distrust in organized religion.  Roughly one-third of the people interviewed stated they have didn’t trust organized religious institutions while ninety-three percent stated they did believe in a spiritual side to life.

The line between spirituality and religion has always, for me, been a sketchy one.  Implying that human beings have spirits or souls hearkens back to even before Greek philosophy and early Judaism and has strong religious implications.

The researchers who conducted the survey stated that since it is, to their knowledge, the first of its kind, and it is still in the very early stages of analysis, it is far too early to make any sorts of assumptions based on the results.  Given the widening divide between secular Americans and those who are leaning more and more toward strong, sometimes almost militant religious movements such as Evangelical Christianity, only time will tell what the statistics truly mean.



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