Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Christianity A Faded Cultural Memory For Gen-Y


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.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Young People in Asia,Africa and South america where Christianity is a vibrant faith.I would say that they would certainly see cHRISTIANITY as being more than a cultural memory.
This study is a smack in the face to those evangelicals and to liberalwho have tried to make Christianity culturally relevant. In Britian thanks to the inspiidiness of the current archBishop of canterbury , the memory is almost becoming a form of dementia.
Here in AUSTRLAIA we need to pray for evangelists and for ourselves to speak to our culture.

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Matthias, is that you?

Anyway, yes, thanks for pointing our attention to the likely differences with African and Asian youth- I have noticed that difference in my parish ministry, btw, which includes African refugees and Asian students. Their devotion is encouraging.

christl242 said...

Fascinating how the Druids are the current "old religion" du jour.

It was pointed out on another blog that the Druids left very little written records and for all practical purposes died out as Christianity came to the fore.

Christine

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Hi Christine,

So, if written recordsw are non-extant, a lot of modern Druidry could be re-invented (in other words, made up)?

Matthias said...

Yes that was me Pastor ,hit the wrong button

christl242 said...

So, if written recordsw are non-extant, a lot of modern Druidry could be re-invented (in other words, made up)?

That would seem to be the case. I think that also applies to much of the New Age movement as well. The "modern" forms of Wicca, goddess worship, etc. seem to have been rearranged to suit contemporary tastes.

Christine