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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

young evangelicals are more liberal than their elders

Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe

Roughly a quarter of a century after the fall of the Iron Curtain and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, a major new Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries finds that religion has reasserted itself as an important part of individual and national identity in many parts of Central and Eastern Europe where communist regimes once repressed religious worship and promoted atheism.
Related: Full report including Russian and Polish translations
Related: Key findings

Though still conservative, young evangelicals are more liberal than their elders on some issues

In the U.S., Millennials are more likely than older adults to take liberal positions on social and political issues. This generation gap exists even among evangelical Protestants – who constitute one of the country’s most conservative religious groups. The gap between younger and older evangelicals is perhaps most noticeable on LGBT issues. Evangelical Protestants who are Millennials are considerably more likely than older evangelical Protestants to support same-sex marriage and to say homosexuality should be accepted by society.


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