Or so according to this new study of said demographic by Buster Smith and Byron Johnson of Baylor University, which shows no statistically significant difference of opinion among younger evangelicals vis-a-vis their elders. It’s been said by some – Gary Wills, for example, but the study cites others – that the evangelical youth cohort (aged 18-29) are moving to the left on social issues. Not so, unless you consider global warming/environment, the only issue for which the evidence exists of leftward drift, a “social issue.”
We find no strong evidence to support the notion that young evangelicals are retreating from traditional positions or increasingly adopting more liberal positions on hot-button or controversial social issues.
Read it here.