When religious students graduate from seminary, the college is usually left to their own devices.
They are expected to be religious scholars, not spiritual seekers.
This was a major focus of a study published in the latest issue of the journal Religion, Politics, and Society.
The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the General Social Survey.
They found that the percentage of religious people who left seminary declined from 38 percent in 2003 to 25 percent in 2016.
A similar pattern is observed in the United Kingdom, with a large percentage of young people leaving seminary at a younger age than those who did.
In Canada, the proportion of young adults who left religion in their late teens and early 20s was much higher.
“I think this is really a reflection of the challenges of leaving the religious experience and having that be an integral part of your identity and your identity as a person,” said Sarah Anderson, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Waterloo.
“We’re talking about a community that is so fragmented, and it’s a bit of a challenge for us to see where we go from here.”
It was Anderson who discovered that religious students who had left semery also left more social connections.
“The way we think about religious people is very much tied to their social relationships,” Anderson said.
“They’re not very good at being friends.
They’re not great at being close friends.”
In fact, she said, “a lot of people who are religious are social outcasts.”
Anderson is not alone in her observations.
As the population of young religious people grows, so does the number of young men who are actively seeking religious affiliation.
This is a trend that is being reflected in Canada, where the proportion and rate of religious men who reported being religious has been growing.
But what are the reasons why young men are choosing to leave religious communities?
It is not entirely clear, Anderson said, why so many young men leave.
“It’s not as simple as you can say, ‘We’re just being secular.’
They’re choosing not to join a religion that’s a little bit more ‘out there’ and not quite ‘normal,'” she said.
It may be because religious communities have been so tightly regulated and controlled, she added.
It is also possible that, as a result of the pressures of a social-justice-driven education, young people may be more attracted to the traditional religious communities because they feel more comfortable with being part of a community.
“Religious communities have a lot of social power,” Anderson told Next Big Futures.
“People who are in them are considered a part of the community.
They have a voice in the community.”
There are some signs that these young people are turning away from the traditional religions in favor of other, more secular ways of life.
In a recent Pew Research Center poll, more than half of Canadians ages 18 to 29 say that they are no longer religious.
In some cases, this could be because they are in college, in which case their parents have become less involved.
In others, it could be that they simply have less time to go to church or other religious services.
But both of these explanations, Anderson argues, have an asterisk: The number of people choosing to stay religious in the U, for example, is not nearly as large as it was in the past.
“That’s a good thing, and I think that’s part of why we’re seeing this,” she said of the growth in young people who do not join religious communities.
“In many ways, these young adults are just not ready to go back.”
As more people seek to become part of other religious communities, however, the pressure to leave will only increase.
In the coming years, the number and size of people leaving religious communities will continue to increase.
And that is something that Anderson believes is a good sign.
“There are people who want to leave the religion, and they’re not necessarily in this ‘why are you leaving’ mode,” she added, “but there are also people who may not have been able to make it to this point, who are very motivated to make that transition.”