A study by Barna Group, “2015 State of Atheism in America,” suggests that atheism in America is on the rise, especially among those under the age of 30. The research study encompassed twenty surveys and interviews with more than 23 000 churched and unchurched adults. The number of unchurched adults involved was 8 220.
A mere 20 years ago 18% of skeptics were under the age of 30, but today the percentage is nearly double at 34%. The study also suggests that contemporary atheists are much younger than before (34% under age 30), more educated (50% have a college degree), consists of more women (43% as opposed to 16% in 1993), more racially diverse (74% are white, which is down from 80% 20 years ago), and more dispersed regionally.
“Skeptics [atheists and agnostics] dismiss the idea that the Bible is holy or supernatural in any way. Two-thirds contend that it is simply a book of well-known stories and advice, written by humans and containing the same degree of authority and wisdom as any other self-help book. The remaining one-third are divided between those who believe the Bible is a historical document that contains the unique but not God-inspired accounts of events that happened in the past, and those who do not know what to make of the Bible but have decided it deserves no special treatment or consideration.”
The findings are quite illustrative of the religious climate in American as “The data show that some cities—and younger generations—are more gospel-resistant than others,” and that is “It is increasingly common among Millennials to dismiss religion, God, churches, authority and tradition.”