[Sarah Glass]'s mix of religious commitment and social progressivism squares with "OMG! How Generation Y Is Redefining Faith in the iPod Era," a survey by pollster Anna Greenberg as well as data collected by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which asked more than 100,000 incoming freshmen about religion and spirituality.
Both studies found a high level of religious tolerance and acceptance among college students. The UCLA survey focused more on people's beliefs, while Greenberg examined social and political attitudes too. Her survey's bottom line? "Respect for difference and diversity" is a core value. Members of Generation Y -- even the most "godly" tend to be more liberal on social issues than their elders.
This coincided with what I heard in class. Religious conservatives were eloquent in defense of gay rights and women's ordination. They were happy, even eager, to discuss their own faith, but went to great lengths to understand others: a staunch Catholic gingerly explained Mormonism's three-tiered heaven, an evangelical explored why Muslim women were veiled, and a young Jew grappled with the religious right.