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Who is more religious? The Silent Generation or the Boomer Generation?
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The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 
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(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

Generational cohort by religious percentage
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(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

The Silents are source of a lot of famous fundamentalist preachers in the moral majority era, notably Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Also of notorious cult leaders Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite who ordered mass suicides, born within days of each other. Boomers however are more spiritual, being the leaders of the New Age Movement and pagan revivals. They also had leaders among the Silents, though. The hippies were very spiritual, but not religious. In the boomer generation the categories of spiritual but not religious and cultural creatives became major demographic factors. There are also boomer fanatics like David Koresh. I suppose it's typical that prosperity gospel leader Joel Osteen is from Generation X. His is a much more pragmatic approach to religion.
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(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

Out of curiosity, where did you get the information that Boomers are more religious than Silents?
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(11-13-2019, 01:06 AM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

The Silents are source of a lot of famous fundamentalist preachers in the moral majority era, notably Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Also of notorious cult leaders Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite who ordered mass suicides, born within days of each other. Boomers however are more spiritual, being the leaders of the New Age Movement and pagan revivals. They also had leaders among the Silents, though. The hippies were very spiritual, but not religious. In the boomer generation the categories of spiritual but not religious and cultural creatives became major demographic factors. There are also boomer fanatics like David Koresh. I suppose it's typical that prosperity gospel leader Joel Osteen is from Generation X. His is a much more pragmatic approach to religion.
I think that Joseph Kibwetere, another cult leader who ordered mass suicides, was also a Silent (but he was born in 1932 instead of 1931).
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(11-13-2019, 09:23 PM)Ghost Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 01:06 AM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

The Silents are source of a lot of famous fundamentalist preachers in the moral majority era, notably Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Also of notorious cult leaders Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite who ordered mass suicides, born within days of each other. Boomers however are more spiritual, being the leaders of the New Age Movement and pagan revivals. They also had leaders among the Silents, though. The hippies were very spiritual, but not religious. In the boomer generation the categories of spiritual but not religious and cultural creatives became major demographic factors. There are also boomer fanatics like David Koresh. I suppose it's typical that prosperity gospel leader Joel Osteen is from Generation X. His is a much more pragmatic approach to religion.
I think that Joseph Kibwetere, another cult leader who ordered mass suicides, was also a Silent (but he was born in 1932 instead of 1931).

From Uganda.

Joseph Kibweteere was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and became infamous after 778 of its members were found dead. Wikipedia
"I close my eyes, and I can see a better day" -- Justin Bieber

Keep the spirit alive;
Eric M
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(11-15-2019, 02:27 PM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 09:23 PM)Ghost Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 01:06 AM)Eric the Green Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

The Silents are source of a lot of famous fundamentalist preachers in the moral majority era, notably Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Also of notorious cult leaders Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite who ordered mass suicides, born within days of each other. Boomers however are more spiritual, being the leaders of the New Age Movement and pagan revivals. They also had leaders among the Silents, though. The hippies were very spiritual, but not religious. In the boomer generation the categories of spiritual but not religious and cultural creatives became major demographic factors. There are also boomer fanatics like David Koresh. I suppose it's typical that prosperity gospel leader Joel Osteen is from Generation X. His is a much more pragmatic approach to religion.
I think that Joseph Kibwetere, another cult leader who ordered mass suicides, was also a Silent (but he was born in 1932 instead of 1931).

From Uganda.

Joseph Kibweteere was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and became infamous after 778 of its members were found dead. Wikipedia

I've even heard numbers as high as 924.

https://www.deseret.com/2000/3/31/195562...d-climbing

https://murderpedia.org/male.K/k/kibweteere.htm

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/how-...irgin-mary
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(11-13-2019, 12:48 AM)taramarie Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

Generational cohort by religious percentage

These charts show an overall lessening of the importance of religion with each new generation. There is also a shift in the makeup of different religious groups, presumably from more Muslim and Asian immigration. 

What I think is true about the Boomers which makes them scary is their desire to bring religion into politics. With the generations before them it was more just a norm of everyday life. You went to church. Everybody did. But for Boomers and the generations younger than them who follow Boomer religious leaders, it's about fighting the Culture War.
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(11-13-2019, 12:48 AM)taramarie Wrote:
(11-13-2019, 12:29 AM)AspieMillennial Wrote: The early to mid Silent generation seems to be the most religious to me in a by the book liturgical sense and a spiritual sense too. I'm not sure why Boomers are considered more religious than the Silents. The religious Silents also seem more what some call fanatical about it than the religious Boomers. 

Generational cohort by religious percentage

One interesting thing about the data you shared is that the G.I. Generation makes up a smaller percentage in certain aspects than Silents or Baby Boomers, which could mean that religiosity also plays a role in the cycle. Somewhat surprising that G.I.s had less belief in God, absolute standards of right and wrong, belief in Heaven or Hell, and slightly less frequency of participation in prayer.

Maybe this means that in the years ahead, the two generations after Millennials will bring another surge in religious belief, followed by another decline in subsequent generations.
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