I find this encouraging because people should use religion as a base and then grow spiritually from it. Religions were developed by man. What IS important is that people are spiritual because there's NO exclusions, no prejudices, no hatred of others in spiritual people. Sadly, there are all of those qualities in many people who subscribe to various religions. As a spiritual person, I also find that other spiritual people tend to be more kind to others, more loving, more intellectual, not afraid to question things and more accepting of all people unconditionally. Religions serve as a good base, but its critical that we grow out from them, learn about others, respect ALL people and animals and never, ever judge others. Millennials are a great hope that our society will be a lot more loving, accepting and welcoming of all people.
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Religion is apparently weakening in America. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily and attend church regularly is declining.
Among the findings:
- The share of Americans who say they are "absolutely certain" that God exists has dropped 8 percentage points, from 71 percent to 63 percent, since 2007, when the last comparable study was made.
- The percentage of adults who describe themselves as "religiously affiliated" has shrunk 6 points since 2007, from 83 percent to 77 percent.
- The shares of the U.S. adult population who consider religion "very important" to them, pray daily and attend services at least once a month have declined between 3 and 4 percentage points over the past eight years.