Young people less tolerant and more ignorant of other religions, poll suggests

Young people show less tolerance of other religions than older people, a poll suggests, highlighting widespread ignorance of links between Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

People in their late teens and early 20s were significantly less open to children born to parents from different religious backgrounds being brought up to understand both faiths than those in their 50s and 60s.

They were also less likely to be aware of the common origins of the three Abrahamic faiths despite citing religious misunderstanding as the major cause of conflict in the world, ahead of economic hardship, natural disasters, food shortages and environmental crises.

Less than a third of people polled, knew that Jesus is recognized as a major prophet in Islam with almost half believing this was untrue and the rest unsure. Continue reading


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