Are Young Blacks Turning Conservative, Latinos Evangelical, Jews Secular?

About 75-80 percent of Americans say they are Christian, with Jews the next largest religious group -- and interesting things are happening in some of our largest faith traditions.

Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches.

New York kids in a religion class

New York kids in a religion class

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A recent Barna study shows not only increased New York City church attendance, but growing numbers of “born-again” Big Apple believers.

“The findings defy not only stereotypes about ‘godless’ New Yorkers,” writes Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, in a guest column in theWashington Post, “but also illustrate that, despite all the talk about secularizing America, church participation has remained remarkably unchanged nationally for most of 80 years.”

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