Wednesday, 6 October 2010
A study published by the Church of England which will resonate with ministers in many English-speaking contexts concludes that people born after 1982 - known as "Generation Y" - have only a “faded cultural memory” of Christianity. For many Gen-Yers, religious observance extends no further than "praying in their bedrooms during moments of crisis".
“For the majority, religion and spirituality was irrelevant for day-to-day living,” one of the compilers of the report said. “On the rare occasions when a religious perspective was required, for example coping with family illnesses or bereavements, they often ‘made do’ with a very faded, inherited cultural memory of Christianity in the absence of anything else.”
Click on the post title to read a report on the study from the UK Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, from the same newspaper, on the same day..."Druidry has been recognised as an official religion in Britain for the first time, thousands of years after its adherents first worshipped in the country."
Of course, some manage to make both faiths work for them...
(It should be noted that the present Archbishop of Canterbury - pictured - was inducted into a poetic order of Druids in 2002, not a religious order of same. I'm afraid I couldn't resist exploiting the link, though. How many people would know the difference? In a world of audio-visual "bytes" which do not allow for nuance or qualification, this is not the message you want to be sending.)