Religion: Uncertain Youth

Most young people in the U.S. have a passive feeling about religion, and are confused about its place in their own lives. This is the conclusion drawn from a survey sponsored by the Young Men's Christian Association and reported this week by Social Scientist Murray G. Ross in Religious Beliefs of Youth (Association Press; $3).

After analyzing eight-page questionnaires answered anonymously by nearly 2,000 Protestants, Catholics, Jews and others aged 18 to 29, Ross found that even of those who believe in God, 75% are full of religious doubts and uncertainties. Religion for most youth, Ross suggested, is not a "directing, compelling...

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