God: No / Afterlife: Yes

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016

In 1998, 49 percent of eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-old Americans considered themselves moderate or very religious. By 2014, that number dropped 10 percent. “Yet 80 percent of Americans said they believe in an afterlife in 2014, up from 73 percent in 1972–74,” according to a new study led by Dr. Jean Twenge, which indicates an apparent contradiction between declining belief in God alongside rising belief in an afterlife. It’s not a contradiction, however, in the minds of its most likely advocates: the Millennials. Apparently, the great majority of young Americans would like to extend their personal existence beyond death, even though they’...

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