Not too shabby, according to Vern Bengtson, a USC researcher who recently added secular families to his field of study. The Longitudinal Study of Generations, which Bengston oversees, looks at religion and family life over generations.
From a Los Angeles Times story, Bengtson
was surprised by what he found: High levels of family solidarity and emotional closeness between parents and nonreligious youth, and strong ethical standards and moral values that had been clearly articulated as they were imparted to the next generation.
(We all know that the Nones are on the rise, from all research fronts including this study from Pew Research that says 20 percent of American adults — and a third of adults under the age of 30 — do not identify with any particular faith.)
So let’s go, believers. Step up your game, fer cryin’ out loud.