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Church Attendance: Not as Bad as We Feared


Many people in the church have been in a positive tizzy about the decline in church attendance among the college-age set. But it looks as if one well-known polling group has not been as accurate about reporting these figures as it should have been, and the press has been so quick to report that they haven't questioned its findings.

According to this Wall Street Journal article by Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson, co-directors at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, while church attendance among those under 30 does dip, those who stop attending church in college tend to come back to it after they have children.

The dismal figures pointing to a dearth of Bible readers and other declines in religious practice are not as bad as we were told, either.

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