As a member of this generation, I'm hesitant to think that this data allows us draw too many conclusions about the faiths of those surveyed. Rather, I think this survey might speak to a general trend among people my age to reject the rigidity of labels and classification systems. The popular notion of the day seems to be, "if you must label me, label me unlabeled." The trends described in this study may not necessarily be demonstrative of a difference in the religious/spiritual ideologies in this generation, but rather a more general trend in how millenials conceive of their identity. I think I speak for many of my peers when I say we don't like to be confined to narrow categories like "Protestant", "Atheist", or "Muslim". For me personally, I'm acutely aware that no circumstances in life---whether they be external (e.g. economic conditions) or internal (e.g. my beliefs about my life's purpose)-- are permanent. This generation is growing up in a world that is changing far too rapidly to fasten themselves to linguistic categories that (by nature of being linguistic and, thus, slow to change) cannot keep up with the pace.
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