The Common Good

Don’t blame college for young people leaving Christianity

Date: February 28, 2012

 

Christianity in America is in danger. As former Senator Rick Santorum recently pointed out, young people are leaving the church in droves.
 
In the mid-1980s, evangelical 20-somethings outnumbered those with no religious affiliation – the so-called “nones” – by a ratio of more than 2 to 1. By 2008, those proportions were almost flipped, with young “nones” outnumbering evangelicals by more than 1.5 to 1.