Understanding the Unaffiliated (NHPR)


As a guest on NHPR’s The Exchange, Dartmouth’s Randall Balmer joins the conversation about the growing number of Americans who consider themselves religiously unaffiliated. As NHPR points out, about one in five Americans does not identify with any particular faith.

Balmer, chair of the Department of Religion and the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, says, “younger folks simply aren’t signing on to their parents’ faith.” For parents, he says, the most difficult task is “passing religious faith from one generation to the next, especially in a tradition that demands some sort of conversion experience or some sort of ecstatic embrace of the faith.”

Listen to the full story, published 12/18/14 on NHPR.

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