QUESTION #3: Can you explain what you mean when you say only 4% of the Millennial generation have a biblical worldview?
“…across the country, only 10% of American adults have a biblical world view. And it gets lower when you look at Millennials, we’re talking about only 4% who have such a worldview. Now what difference does that make? Realize that in order to get to that number, we asked 40 different questions about people’s beliefs or behaviors, looked at it in a number of different ways including generationally.
We found that on beliefs, Millennials are less likely to have biblical beliefs than are other adults in America, older adults in America, for 19 of those 20 beliefs. They’re less likely to have biblical behaviors than people of those other generations, than older adults. 14 of those 20 behaviors that we looked at. And to give you an idea of what that looks like in practicality, in terms of people saying that they’re Christians, doesn’t mean they are but at least embracing that label, 72% of adults over the age of 30 call themselves Christians. Only 59% of Millennials. People who say they’re either Atheist or Agnostic or they have no religious affiliations or beliefs whatsoever, 18% of people 30 or older, more than that, 28% among the Millennials.
You look at the proportion who are born again Christians. Not because that what they call themselves, but because they say after they die they know they’ll go to heaven only because they’ve confessed their sins and have accepted Christ as their Savior. That’s 33% of adults who are 30 or older, only 20% of adults under 30. You look at support for same-sex marriage, Millennials are about 50% higher on that. We look at describing ourselves as either conservative or liberal, it’s mirror opposites between Millennials and older adults. Millennials are more than twice as likely to describe themselves as liberal, as compared to conservative. And when we look at people aligning themselves as being part of the LGBT community, again Millennials are very different. Two and a half times more likely than older adults.
So, there are huge differences between that particular generation and people who are 30 and older.