Congregants make better citizens, says new study: Research by Robert Putman and David Campbell

First, the silver lining: people of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and the U.S. is “amazingly” religious compared to other countries, says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam.

Now, the cloud: young Americans are “vastly more secular” than their older counterparts, according to Putnam.

“That is a stunning development,” Putnam said. “The youth are the future. Some of them are going to get religious over time, but most of them are not.”