Becket is a law firm that has only recently started issuing a Religious Freedom Index report, which analyzes how Americans are feeling about religious liberties. The report has a few interesting findings about how Americans’ spiritual beliefs have been impacted by pandemic season, including this little chestnut: no age group has relied on faith more than Zoomers.
Yep, 74 percent of Gen Z responders said faith was “at least somewhat important” — a higher number than any other generation. On average, 62 percent of Americans said faith was at least a little important for making it through the COVID-19 season. 64 percent of the Silent Generation agreed, making them the second highest generation for leaning on faith. Gen X was the lowest, at 56 percent.
Gen Z was also the most likely to say faith had been extremely important to them, with 51 percent saying so. Millennials were actually the least likely to say faith had been extremely important, at 31 percent.
Gen Z is too young to make too many predictions about this. While the “Nones” have been rising in the U.S. for some time, lots of Zoomers still live at home and historically, younger respondents still tend to identify with their parents’ religious beliefs before a shift after they move out of the house and begin exploring their own beliefs. However, we may also see a pendulum swing away from the millennial trend away from religion as Gen Z grows up and begins reacting against the prevailing norms of previous generations. Time will tell.