Young people, often portrayed as the ultimate consumers, are
more spiritual than many adults might think, a report by the
Commission on Urban Life and Faith has revealed.
The survey of over 30,000 13- to 15-year-olds across England and
Wales finds that 43% believe in God.
Almost three quarters of young people who prayed every day
described themselves as having a “sense of purpose”,
compared with less than half of those who never prayed. Half of
those without a sense of purpose considered committing
“Spirituality is too often taken for granted, but when it is
absent the results clearly show a negative mark on young
people’s well-being,” said commission chair Reverend
Baroness Richardson of Calow.
The report recommends that the government add a spiritual dimension
to its Every Child Matters agenda, warning that a repeated
negative portrayal of young people could have a damaging effect on
It also recommends promoting anti-racism programmes in schools
after one in six of the young people surveyed said they thought
there were too many black people in Britain.
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