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Children Born between 1999-2015 are Most Non-Christian Generation, Study Finds

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2018 Jan 24
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Only four of out 100 teenagers have a true biblical worldview, according to a new survey from the Barna Group.

The survey, “Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation,” said that teenagers who are part of Generation Z (born from 1999 to 2015) are the most non-Christian generation in U.S. history.

The survey found that more teens today identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or not religious affiliated.

Of those surveyed, 35 percent of Generation Z teens say they are atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated in any religion. That number for millenials and Generation X was 30 percent in each generation. In Baby Boomers, that number was 26 percent.

"Gen Z is different because they have grown up in a post-Christian, post-modern environment where many of them have not even been exposed to Christianity or to church. So that is a really unique shift," Brooke Hempell, Barna's senior vice president of research, said during the survey's rollout event  in Atlanta.

"There are a lot of churches that are empty in this country. Gen Z is the one who is really showing the fruit of that. There are many of them [who] are a spiritual blank slate. For the first time in our nation's history, that is more and more common."

Also found in the survey:

  • 59 percent of Generation Z teens say they are Christian or Catholic
  • 4 percent of Generation Z teens hold a “biblical worldview”
  • 85 percent of churchgoing Generation Z teens believe that Christ was a “real person crucified and raised from the dead.”
  • 28 percent say the believe “science and the bible are complementary”


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Publication date: January 24, 2018