While America continues to dish on millennials this Halloween for being too sensitive about costumes, there’s a growing concern about the 18-to-29-year-old age demographic losing their religion and adopting the occult.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, more adults think a belief in God is not necessary to have good values and be a moral person. A growing share of millennials between 18 to 29 is starting to doubt the existence of God. From 2007 to 2012, the portion of young people who never doubted God’s existence dropped from 81 percent to 67 percent.
MarketWatch recently reported that millennials are partaking in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices such as witchcraft, also known as Wicca, and astrology.
“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation, and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, told MarketWatch. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”
Jayne said she’s seen an uptick in interest in alternative religious and spiritual practices over the last five years, particularly among New Yorkers in their 20s. Her store offers courses such as “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”
The beauty about America is that we’re given the freedoms to choose one’s religion or none at all. When conservatives talk about how this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, it leaves a lot of people who don’t subscribe to those particular faiths out in the cold. While there are plenty of atheists in this world who deny the existence of God, but have good values, morals, and lead fulfilling lives, there’s a part of me that thinks having an omniscient, omnipotent being constantly holding you accountable for your actions when no one is watching is imperative to decency and morality.
Growing up as a Muslim with close Catholic relatives, there was a strong urge in me to challenge their idea of what the Holy Trinity was. At the time, as a teenager, I didn't believe you could call a faith that assigns divinity to more than one being as monotheistic. And while I don’t fully grasp the concept of the Holy Trinity in my adult years, I understand that virtually every faith worships different manifestations of an all-powerful being to instill good values and morals in them.
If millennials find that worshipping a God and Goddess in the Wiccan tradition or assigning their thoughts and feelings to how the stars are aligned in astrology makes them better people, then we should be at least open to supporting their way of life.