Study: Higher education doesn't drive people from religion

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For decades, higher education has often been cast as the villain in the story of U.S. religious decline. Past research supported these claims.

But a new study by UNL sociologist Philip Schwadel suggests that a generational shift is taking place in how college education is affecting religious affiliation.

"There are a lot of articles and books from the '50s, '60s and '70s talking about how the college-educated are the most likely to disaffiliate, or drop out of religion," he said. "Without a doubt, older research showed that highly educated people were more likely to drop out of religion."

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