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."