November 8, 2008

MR. DAWKINS IS GONNA NEED MORE BUSES:

Global survey: youths see spiritual dimension to life: In the most ambitious such review to date, young people in 17 countries most often defined spirituality as belief that life has a purpose, belief in God, and being true to one's inner self. (Jane Lampman, 11/07/08, The Christian Science Monitor)

A study released last spring by the German research firm Berthlesmann Stiftung found that 85 percent of young people in 21 nations called themselves religious, and 44 percent said they were deeply religious.

In the US, a UCLA study of undergraduates from 2003 to 2007 broke some ground on spirituality. It found that while attendance at religious services decreased dramatically for most, their overall level of spirituality – defined as seeking meaning in life and developing values and self-understanding – increased.

When asked what it means to be spiritual, young people in the Search survey most commonly responded: believing there is a purpose to life, believing in God, or being true to one's inner self.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2008 7:50 AM
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