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Lexilogio

Religion and Age

I've had several discussions this week about belief and age. These have been largely in a business sense - how certain age groups seem more inclined to hang on to a belief, being completely intransigent, while others, usually older staff, are more willing to look at things from a different angle.

It got me thinking about religion. I know in the Uk we see an ageing religious population. But are people more likely to have a rigid belief when young adults, and be more accepting and listening as they are older? Or is it the other way? Or does it depend entirely on the individual?
Shaker

Re: Religion and Age

Lexilogio wrote:
It got me thinking about religion. I know in the Uk we see an ageing religious population. But are people more likely to have a rigid belief when young adults, and be more accepting and listening as they are older? Or is it the other way? Or does it depend entirely on the individual?

All the available evidence that I've ever seen points to it it being the other way - that younger people, generally speaking (of course you can always find the odd few dingbats amongst the ranks of the young who are fully signed up to religion - the socially inept, the spotty, the sexually inexperienced and likely to remain so, the BO-ridden and/or all of the preceding), unless they have been brought up with their plastic minds pre-warped by stupid concepts, are more open-minded, tolerant and liberal than older people, more willing to entertain new and different ideas. Every yardstick that I've ever seen on any so-called hot button issue - gay marriage, or abortion, or whatever - bears this out, so much so that it't simply can't be coincidental and that in this case correlation really does imply causation.
bnabernard

Re: Religion and Age

Shaker wrote:
Lexilogio wrote:
It got me thinking about religion. I know in the Uk we see an ageing religious population. But are people more likely to have a rigid belief when young adults, and be more accepting and listening as they are older? Or is it the other way? Or does it depend entirely on the individual?

All the available evidence that I've ever seen points to it it being the other way - that younger people, generally speaking (of course you can always find the odd few dingbats amongst the ranks of the young who are fully signed up to religion - the socially inept, the spotty, the sexually inexperienced and likely to remain so, the BO-ridden and/or all of the preceding), unless they have been brought up with their plastic minds pre-warped by stupid concepts, are more open-minded, tolerant and liberal than older people, more willing to entertain new and different ideas.


Now then shaker, are you saying that the unwashed seek out the unclean ?      stoppit  

bernard (hug)
Lexilogio

This isn't just about having a religious belief, which from experience in churches includes all walks of life, from the popular and socially gifted to those less so. I meet people with very high IQ, and those who don't.

But is their a difference in approach?
For example, Cliff Richard has said he is less rigid and more tolerant in his beliefs as he has got older.

I am seeing numerous examples at present of people in their twenties who do not want to entertain a change which is being embraced by those older, but on the same grade.

Is there more of a fear of change and difference when younger, is it because experience of life helps us to better understand new situations? And experience teaches us that those with different views aren't monsters?
Ketty

Re: Religion and Age

Lexilogio wrote:
Or does it depend entirely on the individual?


I depends entirely on the individual.  

In the young, to them, and generally speaking, everything is new and fresh and exciting - it's bound to be, because any experience is for them, experienced for the first time.  Wise youngsters will realise this; unwise youngsters will think it's all about them and their own world-view because what can the old know about being young.

As we get older, if we are wise, and if with our increasing age comes increasing wisdom, we realise more and more that there is nothing new under the sun.  Wise elderly will know this and so be open to new ways and new revelations; unwise elderly will think it's all about them, and their own world-view because they've been there, done that, and things aren't what they used to be.

The wise young will appreciate the wisdom of age and experience.  The wise elderly will see the wisdom which comes from the young and fresh eyes and clean slates.
northernstar

The older I get, 54 on Sunday!, the more  steadfast  I am in my atheism,  yes, it would be nice to say I could lose all reason and become a Christian but that's not going to happen!!  
bnabernard

northernstar wrote:
The older I get, 54 on Sunday!, the more  steadfast  I am in my atheism,  yes, it would be nice to say I could lose all reason and become a Christian but that's not going to happen!!  


I expect it's one of those things, how worse off are you, christians simply go arround telling everybody ''keep driving like that and you'll kill yourself'' but seem happy to sit in the back of the car.

Everyone seems to know whats good for them but nobody wants to move in that direction.
I got to give up the fags, only been smoking and saying that for what 50 years  

bernard (hug)

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