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The Sociology Behind The Future Of Religion

According to a recent Pew Research poll on the religious landscape in the United States, more than a third of millennials are not identifying with any faith population and more than 72 percent of nonaffiliated individuals are below 50.  The news coincides with the closures or mergers of many churches in the region. But how does this impact the future of religion throughout western Pennsylvania and the United States? Dr. Sarah MacMillen, a sociology professor at Duquesne University, says this has been a trend partially predicted and partially circumstantial.  She joins us in studio with more.

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