May 2, 2007
NYT on religious college students.
Students across the country are becoming more religiously active, according to a New York Times story today.
More students are enrolling in religion courses, even majoring in religion; more are living in dormitories or houses where matters of faith and spirituality are a part of daily conversation; and discussion groups are being created for students to grapple with questions like what happens after death, dozens of university officials said in interviews.
The religious involvement The Times notes does not include conversions or rededications of the nominally religious.
Much of the article is not news to readers of CT. Increased diversity at elite colleges has led to increased Christian presence, often among minority groups. The story also cites the UCLA study on student religious involvement, which CT has also reported. In fact, much of this The Times has already reported on.
Still, the fact that increased religiosity on campus is so broad is important. So, how are the evangelical groups doing? Does increased religious involvement in general mean more people are attending InterVarsity and Campus Crusade groups?