A study released Tuesday by LifeWay Research revealed that many American “Millennials” – people born between 1980 and 1991 – self-identify as Christians but few dig deeper into their faith than the cultural identification.
Two-thirds of the 1,200 Millennials interviewed for the survey identified themselves as Christian, while 14 percent claim atheism or agnosticism and 14 percent have no specific religious preference. Eight percent claim allegiance to a different faith.
Sixty-five percent of the whole group surveyed said they rarely or never pray with other people.
In response to the question: “You read the Bible, Torah, Koran, or other sacred writings,” 67 percent of Millennials say they rarely or never do. Two-thirds say they rarely or never visit a church, synagogue, mosque or temple.
With such a wide variety of opinions and clearly a broad base of unchurched people, possibilities for future evangelism are immense.
“Millennials are the most religiously diverse generation in our culture’s history,” ” said Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. “Unsure of the afterlife and the life of Jesus, Millennials present the church with a great opportunity to engage them in conversations dealing with the nature of truth and its authority as God.”