Youth and religionIn my religion studies class we are now studying the youth and how they respect religion and so I was wondering about how American teens act towards religion compared to British...

Youth and religion

In my religion studies class we are now studying the youth and how they respect religion and so I was wondering about how American teens act towards religion compared to British teens.

Any points made would be ever so helpful! :)

I can start you off by saying that in London it's such a multicultural society that it's actually hard to find ENGLISH people and when you do they don't completely respect the religions or faiths around them.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There really are no forced religions in Europe either, though it is certainly true that from its founding, the United States has made more of a commitment to religious freedom, which has in many ways translated into religious fervor. I would say that almost everyone I know (outside of academic circles) is a believer, and most are practicing Christians. This is true of all ages, including young people. However, I know and communicate regularly with dozens of English people, and many are openly religious. I think much depends on where you live.

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I have also read that religion has declined quite a but in Europe but is still very strong in the U. S. One reason for this may be that there are no "official" churches in the U. S., so there is a totally open marketplace in which religions can compete. No one is forced to practice a religion, and so, ironically, there is more religious practice.

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I teach in a very large and very diverse suburban high school, and find that many of my students are strongly aligned to particular faith and active in their religious lives. It is easy to be cynical these days, so I am sometimes very surprised by the level of religious commitment that I see in many of my students -- even ones that don't seem all that religious on the surface.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would agree with post 3. America is a much more Christian country than Europe. For example, less than a million people attend church in England on Easter and Christmas. This is a statistic from Philip Jenkins a great scholar from Penn. State University. Many youths in America are part of church and there are many parachurch organizations to promote th faith of young people in America. So, I would say that majority of American kids are respectful of religion.

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It is said that American youth are much more religious than the youth of any European country.  American youths are very likely to attend church and belong to church youth groups.  They are very willing to, for example, post things on Facebook declaring their faith.  From what I have read (though I do not know this first hand) this is not so common in England.

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I think Americans are pretty diverse in terms of understanding of religion. It largely depends on the community. Some communities are very homogenous in terms of religion, and kids grow up with that religion and don't question it until they get older. Amercians have a history of soul- searching and church shopping, especially as young people.
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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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It is said that American youth are much more religious than the youth of any European country.  American youths are very likely to attend church and belong to church youth groups.  They are very willing to, for example, post things on Facebook declaring their faith.  From what I have read (though I do not know this first hand) this is not so common in England.

Yes, it is less common here in England. I mean no one hardly goes to Church and if they do it's like a beauty competiton e.g. who dresses the best and looks the hottest.

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