A global analysis has revealed that Ghana and the former Soviet republic of Georgia are the only two countries in the world where the young are more religious than their older counterparts.
The research was carried out by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, and took into consideration 106 countries across the various continents.
According to the analysis, in 46 countries, people between the ages of 18 and 39 are less likely to say religion is very important to them than adults over the age of 40.
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Meanwhile, the age gap is most marked in Christian dominated countries like Poland, Greece, Chile, Romania and Portugal.
All the aforementioned countries are with a percentage point difference between the two age groups of 20 or higher, as per the research.
The United States has a 17-point difference, Ireland has a nine-point gap, while the United Kingdom is among 58 countries in which there is no significant difference between younger and older adults.
Narrowing in on Islam dominated countries, there is a 20-point age gap for Lebanon, with Iran also having a nine-point difference.
Also, there is an age gap in a majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries, about half of European countries, and in North America.
“Although the age gap in religious commitment is larger in some nations than in others, it occurs in many different economic and social contexts – in developing countries as well as advanced industrial countries, in Muslim-majority nations as well as predominantly Christian states, and in societies that are, overall, highly religious as well as those that are comparatively secular,“ the Pew research center said.
Meanwhile, the report, The Age Gap in Religion Around the World, explains that “new generations become less religious in tandem with economic development – as collective worries about day-to-day survival become less pervasive and tragic events become less frequent.
“According to this line of thinking, each generation in a steadily developing society would be less religious than the last, which would explain why young adults are less religious than their elders at any given time.”
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