Most US teens are religious

Link: new survey suggests that the majority of American teen-agers believe in God and worship in conventional congregations.

The National Study of Youth and Religion says devout teens hold more traditional morals than their nonreligious counterparts and are better off in emotional health, academic success, community involvement, concern for others, trust of adults and avoidance of risky behavior.

Substantial majorities say they’re affiliated with a local congregation, have few or no doubts about their beliefs, feel close to God, pray alone regularly and believe in miracles.

But many religious teens also are detached from the traditions of their faith, believing instead in an undemanding God who exists mostly to solve problems and make people feel good.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

1 Comment

  • Ian says:

    I so agree with this. I am an Episcopal teen and I think that youth ministry is very important. There are many people out there that genuinely care about this important part of the church, and for this I am very thankful that the members are encouraging us in our walk with Christ.

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