by Ewa Nowogorski
My parents are very religious people, and I have a lot of friends who also have religious parents in America. However, they and myself included are not religious at all. Religion as we know it is vastly changing, and the way people practice religion is also becoming very different to the way it was only a few decades ago.
Four in ten millennials now say they are religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. Social science research has long suggested that Americans’ relationship with religion has a tidal quality — people who were raised religious find themselves drifting away as young adults, only to be drawn back in when they find spouses and begin to raise their own families. Some argued that young adults just hadn’t yet been pulled back into the fold of organized religion, especially since they were hitting major milestones like marriage and parenthood later on.
But this doesn’t seem to be happening so much anymore. Nowadays, people are finding religion more and more irrelevant in their daily lives, even when they become parents. Changing views about the relationship between morality and religion also appear to have convinced many young parents that religious institutions are simply irrelevant or unnecessary for their children.
I think instead, people are more likely to develop an internal and personal philosophy in which they live their lives. People still have the same morals that many religions teach, such as how it is bad to kill, steal, and hurt others. But religion is rigid and has many rules. Religion simply does not work in a society that has many exceptions and unique circumstances.