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BAMAPHIN 22
02-18-2010, 03:15 PM
Ministering to young adults at New York's Riverside Church, the Rev. J. Lee Hill Jr. hasn't had much success in recruiting for Sunday morning services.

But his mission trips to New Orleans, Louisiana, since Hurricane Katrina and his efforts to connect with older teens and 20-somethings -- the so-called millennial generation -- via Facebook have paid big dividends.

"Church is difficult because young people today want to engage actively," Hill said. "They just want to experience God."

A study released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public life appears to bear that out. On the one hand, it finds that young Americans are significantly less religious than their parents and grandparents were when they were young. But the report also suggests that many of the beliefs and faith-based practices of 18- to 29-year-olds mirror those of their elders.

One in four American millennials -- which it defined as those who were born after 1980 and came of age around the millennium -- are not affiliated with any faith tradition, Pew found. They characterize their religion as "atheist," "agnostic" or "nothing in particular."


http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/17/report.millennials.faith/index.html?hpt=Sbin

aesop
02-19-2010, 11:45 AM
Baby steps.

NYCBillsFan
02-20-2010, 07:06 PM
Baby steps.

There is hope for humanity after all.

MrEd
03-14-2010, 07:24 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/17/report.millennials.faith/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:

WSE
03-14-2010, 08:21 PM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:

lmao

I see things as society getting more inclusive and open minded

religion really is not that, especially in its form today. If religion doesn't adapt to today's environment, they are going to lose supporters

EvilDylan
03-14-2010, 08:23 PM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:

Yeah says the guy with a picture of a half naked girl in his avatar and signature. How very christian of you.

Socialism is giving your elders a paycheck right now.

Perhaps we should be teaching our children the practices of Eric Hovind the great christian tax evader?

emeraldfin
03-14-2010, 09:53 PM
No surprise really.

NYCBillsFan
03-15-2010, 12:05 AM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:

If Christian teaching actually had some scientific merit to it, it would be given greater credence in the public school system. And what does socialism have to do with flawed ideological religious beliefs?

Tetragrammaton
03-15-2010, 12:20 AM
I find it curious that socialism is linked with atheism. Does that mean capitalism is linked with Christianity? I wasn't aware the two were connected. There is nothing in Christianity that conflicts with either economic ideology, nor are there parts of either system that would keep one from being an atheist.

X-Pacolypse
03-15-2010, 02:09 PM
Not surprising. Born and raised a Christian, but now an Atheist.

aesop
03-19-2010, 11:45 AM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:
I find it funny when Christian's spout on about all the "anti-Christian propaganda".. 75% of our country practices some sort of the Christian faith. Give me a break.

72champagne
03-20-2010, 01:03 AM
75% will eventually make it to Springer too.

X-Pacolypse
03-20-2010, 02:59 PM
75% will eventually make it to Springer too.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!!!

Gonzo
03-20-2010, 04:13 PM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:
Anti-Christian bigotry in public schools? Please explain.

Rafiki
03-21-2010, 02:57 AM
"While growing numbers of people are unaffiliated, it's not necessarily a sign that they're committed secularists," said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum. "We're seeing among young people that there are ways of practicing faith and being religious outside of belonging to a religious organization or attending services."


Roughly two in three millennials said that they believe in God with absolute certainty, according to Pew, similar to the share of Gen Xers that reported such certainty about God a decade ago.


Just to put this back into context. To be honest I'm one of the millennials that does not attend church but still feels close to God.

72champagne
03-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Just to put this back into context. To be honest I'm one of the millennials that does not attend church but still feels close to God.
last thing we need is a touchy-feely god. there's priests for that.

Locke
04-12-2010, 07:13 AM
I find it curious that socialism is linked with atheism. Does that mean capitalism is linked with Christianity? I wasn't aware the two were connected. There is nothing in Christianity that conflicts with either economic ideology, nor are there parts of either system that would keep one from being an atheist.

Oddly enough, there is a loose link between capitalism and Christianity. I remember this discussion in my classical sociological theory class as an undergrad.

I can't remember which sect of Christianity it was, either Baptists or Presbyterians, but in one of them, the belief is that your place in heaven or hell is predetermined, and that the only way for you to find out which is to be a successful individual. So those members of the religion who were well off, had nice families, etc were going to heaven. Those who couldn't make it out of poverty were going to hell. That's a super simplified version, if I remember correctly. Either way, if that's the belief system, it's pretty apparent why capitalism is so popular among Christians...

Gonzo
04-12-2010, 08:44 AM
Oddly enough, there is a loose link between capitalism and Christianity. I remember this discussion in my classical sociological theory class as an undergrad.

I can't remember which sect of Christianity it was, either Baptists or Presbyterians, but in one of them, the belief is that your place in heaven or hell is predetermined, and that the only way for you to find out which is to be a successful individual. So those members of the religion who were well off, had nice families, etc were going to heaven. Those who couldn't make it out of poverty were going to hell. That's a super simplified version, if I remember correctly. Either way, if that's the belief system, it's pretty apparent why capitalism is so popular among Christians...
You're thinking of Calvinism. Southern Baptist follows some of the original beliefs today.

Max Weber wrote a lot on it.

Locke
04-12-2010, 09:00 AM
You're thinking of Calvinism. Southern Baptist follows some of the original beliefs today.

Max Weber wrote a lot on it.

Yup, that's it. Thanks man. Calvinism is known as what today...?

Gonzo
04-12-2010, 09:22 AM
Yup, that's it. Thanks man. Calvinism is known as what today...?
Mostly Baptists, but there's apparently a resurgence called New Calvinism. Here's a recent TIME article: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1884779_1884782_1884760,00.html

Here's the founder:
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

overworkedirish
05-11-2010, 03:48 PM
Not a surprise with the changes in our laws and anti-Christian bigotry in our public schools. Who didn't see this coming? We inch closer and closer to socialism and the return to the days of kings and empires and the days of sodom and gomorah. :ohno:

BAHAHAHAHAHA :sidelol:

Man... I laughed so hard at your post I teared up. Sometimes I seriously think that McCarthy won some kind of mental victory over this nation by allowing America to reach the point where there is now such an absolutist stigma against the word "socialism," when many of its ill-informed opponents have no idea what it even is. I'm not necessarily implying you, MrEd, however you pretty much make your own case for being ill-informed by implying that socialism and monarchy go hand-in-hand... :rolleyes2:

X-Pacolypse
05-15-2010, 09:38 PM
last thing we need is a touchy-feely god. There's priests for that.

Zing!