Individuals whose mothers are nones are 37 times more

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children’s inclination to being a religious none. Individuals whose mothers are Nones are 3.7 times more likely to be inclined to being a None as well. Children whose fathers are unaffiliated are 3.1 times more likely not to claim any religion. The research also proved that attending religious services as a child decreases the likelihood of that individual to be religiously unaffiliated by 22.5%. Indeed, family practices have an influence in someone’s
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Student’s Last Name 4 religious belief. Thus, the impact of parental practices as well as the relationships within families could necessarily shape the way how children view religion as well as these children’s decisions on staying or leaving a specific systematic religion. Apart from familial relationships, generational succession could also become a factor in the increasing number of religiously unaffiliated individuals in America. Those who were born in during the first quarter of the 20 th century are considered the most religious group in America. These people are slowly passing away while the group born afterwards, during 1970s, was entering adulthood. During that time, they have significantly weaker relations with their religions during hence; generational succession is could be responsible for this shift. More so, the dwindling inclination of people raised up without any religious affiliation to have a desire to be part of a religion had a strong effect as well. The generational succession, combined with political backlash are considered “earthquakes and aftershocks” of the social deviations in the 1960s (Hout, and Fischer, 165). Societal issues such as abortion, views on sex before marriage, drugs and other issues about morality affected the views of the teenagers and adults in the 1960s. These issues led the people to value self-sufficiency and independence and distrust in authority. These morals make parallel with cultural politics. Because of the issues within the systematic religion, the inconsistencies of followers, the influence of familial relationships as well as the event of generational succession, a lot of Americans have chosen not to affiliate themselves with any religion. These reasons have taken place in a certain point in history and today, a great number of Americans have considered themselves as Nones. Because of their growing population, the demographics of the Nones are necessary to be explored in order to understand these individuals better and in order to define their stance within the society. The Nones’ Demographics
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Student’s Last Name 5 There are a number of demographic factors that could necessarily define the nature of Nones. For instance, young adults compose more than one-third of the Nones. Thirty-nine percent of the Nones are young adults which is just about four times the percentage of young adults in 1986. Back then, only 10% claim that they have no religious membership. The unaffiliated young adult cohort percentage is higher compared to other devout identifications: 15% are Catholics, 9% are white evangelical Protestants, 8% are white mainline Protestants,
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