This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 25, 2019:
There has been much hand-wringing of late over declining birth rates and church attendance (especially among young people).
Gerald Seib is one of those wringing his hands. Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Monday Seib said these two trend lines have “social and economic significance,” and he explained why.
First, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, just 29 percent of Americans say they attend religious services at least once a week, down from 41 percent in 2000. The group who say they never attend church has, over the same period, risen to 26 percent, up from 14 percent two decades ago. Seib noted that “the share of … younger Americans who never attend religious services has more than doubled, to 36 percent.”
Seib also lamented the decline in America’s birthrate, reporting that