FALLING FAITH DOWN UNDER
In the U.S., the so-called region of the "nones" is the Pacific Northwest, because when people there are asked for their religious affiliation, many of them say, "none." Something similar seems to be happening in Australia, reports say. About one in five Australians say they have no religion. So the response of those Australians to folks in Oregon and Washington would be, well, "moi Aussie"?
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EDUCATED AND RELIGIOUS, TOO
If you had to guess, would you say that college graduates tend to be less or more religious than people with less education?
Frankly, that would be my guess. But a new study suggests I'm wrong. At least it suggests that people with college educations are less likely to lose their religion than others.
I've certainly read reports that suggest campus life is much less hostile to people of strong faith than it once was. And perhaps students aren't facing the faith-threatening questions that any thorough liberal arts education is bound to raise as often as in the past. (My belief is that one has to face such questions head on if one's faith is to be strong and authentic.)
I really don't know all the reasons for this kind of outcome. And maybe it's just an anomoly -- one more study that comes up with a surprising but meaningless answer.
What's your experience with this question. Do you have any insights that might explain the study?
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