According to the study, the perception that young people are less religious than their parents and grandparents is typically Western European and does not correspond to the reality worldwide.
Young adults in developing countries and Islamic states are no less religious than other adults, reveals the study. In Morocco, around 99 per cent believe in God and life after death. In Brazil, Turkey and Nigeria this figure is 90 percent, and in Israel, Indonesia and Italy it is 80 percent.
"The assumption that religious belief is dwindling continuously from generation to generation is clearly refuted by our worldwide surveys even in many industrialised nations," says Dr. Martin Rieger, project leader of the Bertelsmann Foundations Religion Monitor.
Revealing contradictory trends, the study says worldwide more than four out of five young adults (85 per cent) are religious and almost half (44 per cent) are deeply religious and only 13 per cent have no appreciation for God or faith in general. PTI