Teenagers today are the most non-Christian generation in American history.
According to a Barna survey, only four out of 100 teens hold a truly biblical worldview and one out of every eight teens identify as non-heterosexual.
The Barna Group’s research project is titled, “Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation,” and sponsored by the Georgia-based Impact 360 Institute.
Barna’s research discovered that 35 percent of teens today who are part of Generation Z (born from 1999 to 2015) identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or not religiously affiliated.
By comparison, only 30 percent of millennials, 30 percent of Generation X and 26 percent of Baby Boomers said the same.
The study shows that almost twice as many teens in Generation Z (13 percent) claimed to be atheist than millennials (7 percent).
Brooke Hempell, Barna’s senior vice president of research, said: “Gen Z is different because they have grown up in a post-Christian, post-modern environment where many of them have not even been exposed to Christianity or to church.”
Adding, “There are a lot of churches that are empty in this country. Gen Z is the one who is really showing the fruit of that. There are many of them [who] are a spiritual blank slate. For the first time in our nation’s history, that is more and more common.”