Teenagers of today are the least religious generation in the whole of American history.
Only four out of a hundred teens hold a genuine Biblical worldview, according to a new survey.
The survey, which is part of a larger study titled "Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation," is sponsored by the Impact 360 Institute.
The study found that 35% of teenagers consider themselves atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated with any kind of religion. By contrast, 30% of millennials, 30% of Generation X and 26% of baby boomers identify themselves with the same worldview about faith.
According to Brooke Hempell, Barna's senior vice president of research: "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. So that is a really unique shift,"
"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."
Additionally, 59% of of Gen Z teens consider themselves as Christians or Catholic. By comparison, 65% of millennials consider themselves as Catholic/Christian and 75% of baby boomers.
"The percentage of people whose beliefs qualify them for a biblical worldview declines in each successively younger generation: 10 percent of Boomers, 7 percent of Gen X and 6 percent of Millennials have a biblical worldview, compared to only 4 percent of Gen Z," the study explained.
Generation Z is considered the latest 'era' of individuals on the planet, coming after the already aging part of the population known as the millennials. One or two decades ago, millennials were under scrutiny for their dependence on social media and new technologies.
Now it appears that Generation Z has many of the characteristics of the millennial generation but also with lesser dependence on organized religion.
In a report on the Gold Coast Bulletin, a Gen Z writer explains that indeed for Gen Z, technology is a way of life and "influencers" are in. "Influencers" is a term used for people, usually found on social media, who talk about the issues they are passionate about.