Scott Jaschik on the seeming reversal in college students losing their religion when they get on campus:
“College education is no longer a faith-killer,” said Philip Schwadel, author of the paper and associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Schwadel thinks there may be several explanations for the shift. One is that the 20th century saw a significant expansion in the percentage of Americans who go to college, so many groups — some with strong religious identities — came to be represented in higher education in ways that were not previously the case.
Further, he said that colleges (religious and secular) are more likely to have many offerings for students of a range of faiths. “There is a lot more opportunity now to maintain religious identity on campus,” he said.
Respondents were asked “simply whether they had a religious affiliation.” Having a religious affiliation and actually practicing the tenets of a particular faith are two very different things, but this is a positive sign nonetheless.
(Via Marginal Revolution)