You'd think this would be good news for someone like me:
While these young "nones" may not belong to a church, they are not necessarily atheists.Sadly, it would be better news if I were more non-denominational. Or otherwise unfettered by institutions, and traditions.
"Many of them are people who would otherwise be in church," Putnam said. "They have the same attitidues and values as people who are in church, but they grew up in a period in which being religious meant being politically conservative, especially on social issues."
Putnam says that in the past two decades, many young people began to view organized religion as a source of "intolerance and rigidity and doctrinaire political views," and therefore stopped going to church.