Increasingly atheistic public schools, which educate and train about 90% of American children, are probably the biggest reason for this decline in religion among youth. The vacuum of values is then filled with harmful competitors to the Bible, such as substance abuse, depression, gambling, pornography, and video games. Some young adults who walk away from religion end up in trouble and do not make it up to age 65, so perhaps older people have always been more religious than young adults. But the big gap in religious commitment today between the old and the young is striking. Young people would help themselves by picking up a Bible from time to time, and their elders might encourage them to do it.
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