Only 59 percent of millennials identify as Christian. This compares to 72 percent of adults from older generations. Only 33 percent of millennials (one in three) are born again Christians. Only twelve percent of millennials identify as conservative. Twenty-six percent are liberal. For adults older than 30, conservatives outnumber liberals two to one. Almost have (44 percent) of millennials prefer socialism over capitalism. As many as 15 percent of millennials identify as LGBT. Only six percent of those over 30 identify as LGBT.The only question more millennials than older adults held a biblical worldview on? Whether all people are good. Millennials are less likely to believe this than adults over 30. This lines up with the biblical concept of original sin and man’s fallen nature. Worldview Development: Christians, Get Busy What exactly is a worldview, anyway? “A comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint.” That’s according to Merriam-Webster. Dictionary.com defines the original German word, weltanschauung. “A comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.” So how do people develop their worldviews? Barna says that parents are the most powerful influencers of worldview. And most often, a person’s worldview develops between 18 months and 13-years-old. There will, of course, be exceptions to this rule. But in general, “the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is … the worldview they will die with.” What does this mean for future Americans? “Millennials entering their prime childbearing years,” Barna notes. They will likely pass their current worldview to their children. Christians must take action if they want future generations to embrace a biblical worldview. Christians will need to “step in and impact the spiritual well-being of our future adults,” he says. Growing Trends ACFI’s study on millennials’ worldview isn’t the first to reach these conclusions. Recently The Atlantic noted that people are leaving the church in large numbers. The Pew Research Center also noted the trend among millennials. (For more from the author of “Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a ‘Biblical Worldview'” please click HERE)
Because not everything can be true and good.
I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been in a conversation with a friend or a stranger on an airplane and the phrase, open-minded, comes up.
“Oh, I grew up Catholic, but I don’t go to church anymore. I believe in God and all, but I am open minded.”