Young Americans Losing Faith? New Poll Shows 31 Percent Of Adults Under 30 Doubt God Exists

Faith In God Drops 15 Percent In 5 Years

A recent poll showed that almost one in three young Americans doubt God exists.

The poll, conducted in April by the Pew Research Center, showed that 31 percent of respondents under the age of 30 have doubts about the existence of God, compared to 9 percent of those polled who were 65 or older.

When asked to evaluate the statement, "I never doubted the existence of god," 18 percent of all respondents said that they mostly or completely disagreed.

But Fox News religion contributor Fr. Jonathan Morris had a different take on the numbers. Morris, a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of New York, said that having doubt doesn't necessarily mean that young people don't believe in God.

He included himself and Mother Teresa among the ranks of people who have had doubt about their faith, recalling that the famous nun's diaries were "full of spiritual conflict." Morris also said that questioning one's faith could be a positive thing leading to a mature acceptance of their beliefs.

However, as CNN pointed out, the new numbers constitute a 15 percent drop in certainty over the past 5 years. A 2007 Pew poll found 83 percent of those in the "Millennial" generation never doubted the existence of God.

This means young people are expressing doubts about God more now than at any time since Pew started asking the question on its American Values Survey a decade ago.

Worldwide, the Catholic Church is facing a shortage of priests, which the Vatican recently blamed on secularism, sexual abuse scandals and parents' ambition for their children.

What's more, Religion News Service recently reported that among American Muslims, the number of Imams is too few to meet the present demand.

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