Monday, 8 July 2013

Why young people leave: social justice and kumbaya

There is a story featured today at Life Site News on a study of US college (University) students and why they abandoned their faith for atheism.

The answers they got were shocking but unsurprising: these young people were deliberately rejecting Christianity because of their experiences of it.


The two main reasons cited were a shallow promotion of social justice that was disconnected from Christ and the Bible; and services that were 'largely shallow, harmless, and ultimately irrelevant', all about 'ceremony, handholding, and kumbaya'.

Enough said.


Joshua said...

And the inestimable Fr Blake meanwhile reports that Islam is taking over as the masculine, working class religion... what does modern Australian Catholicism say either to men or to the working class?

Kate Edwards said...

Good link Joshua.

Mind you, arguments about the devirilization of the liturgy notwithstanding, I struggle to see that the contemporary Australian Church offers much to women either.

If there are more who attend that is mostly demographics - ie the only ones left are in older age groups and women tend to live longer than men. But partly perhaps, as some suggested over at the RC thread, a greater willingness and capacity to suffer the madness inflicted on them!

Gervase Crouchback said...

Perhaps it is time for Catholics to really get out to where the working class are :
-sporting matches/clubs
-trade unions
-state and Parish schools
-live in remaining working class areas
build and live that link between Jesus and social justice
and attend Mass where there is emphasis upon giving God the Glory-that

Frank Bhoy said...

Great article on this subject by Fr Dwight Longenecker.