Any thoughts on why Nones/Unaffiliated growing so rapidly since 2000? Same trend in Europe too but even faster pace in several countries.
This article is from a church viewpoint and it makes what is probably the most valid point, that churches stopped being churches.https://churchleaders.com/children/chil ... hurch.html
They claim 70% of regular child attendees quit after high school and only half return as adults.
Too many churches tried to make going to church cool with bands and youth nights and camp rather than being a place to teach religion. So when these kids grew up and outgrew all these things their social club stopped being relevant in their life. A trendy church is preaching to a decreasing number of people as a result.
Many trend the other direction. On several Sundays I ended up at the church we used to hold Cub Scouts at to get signatures. The church was being sold/merged and it didn't surprise me. They didn't have more than 30 people attend and 75% were over 60 and they were almost all wearing old fashioned suits. At age 13 would you want to be involved with a group that was all your grandparents?
Another contributing factor is many people won't take moral and life advice from immoral individuals
Too many priests have been immoral sexually and then try to preach on the subject? Imagine you're a 15 year old and one of your friends is gay. You've known them since age 8 and they're the person you trust the most in the world and now you're being told that they are worse than you for a reason you know they didn't choose to be? Imagine you're a 22-year-old former churchgoer and someone you know is trying to sell you to be "born again" and join their church. You find out they follow someone who resigned with disgrace over adultery. Why would you associate with someone who ignores such immorality?
Too many churches became political. Many youth today are having problems getting jobs and making a strong financial life. They see their parents ruined over a medical bill or losing their union job. Meanwhile your church supports a specific political candidate that will cut health insurance and union jobs. Why would they associate with people that would promote a candidate that they perceive as making your life worse off? Is religion not a place any more that serves all people?
Why would you associate with a group that wants money to send it's members to go on a mission to Africa when there's people in your own community they won't help?
Today you don't see religious people standing on the corner politely offering help to people. You see people with bullhorns or signs saying everyone is going to Hell.
There's also lack of basic availability as an institution.
When a church has hours it's telling people that religion is only important certain hours. Many years back, about age 19 or 20, I needed to go into a church in Liberty for a reason I forget (needed to pick something up for family?). It was 3pm on a weekday, the kind of hours a college student is free between class and work. Not a single door was unlocked, I had to return later. Think about what it means for moral availability if the church is closed. You're going to go elsewhere to find help.