Saturday, April 29, 2006

God is sooooooooo punk rock!

Apparently many kids in the UK are taking religion more seriously...even converting to either Christianity or Islam...and many parents aren't liking it (since they don't believe in anything). Kids sense that the materialistic world view that our society holds ends in misery and lonliness, and they long for they should. We should pray that these kids actually find Christ through this process, and not just some new age "spirituality". Here's the intro to the article:

Younger people are turning to religion


Odd to think that some young people have better insight into faith than their parents do.

Think that's too generalized? There are plenty of specifics to back it up. Let's skip across the ocean first.

The Sunday Times reported last week that baby boomer parents in Great Britain are seeing more and more of their children converting to a faith, especially Christianity and Islam.

And some parents aren't happy about it.

A British mother, who's agnostic, conceded that her twentysomething son was "quite aimless" before he joined an evangelical church.

Today, she applauds his sense of purpose, but says, "It also makes me sad because none of the rest of the family shares his beliefs, and it excludes us from a massive part of his life."

Myfanwy Franks, an author quoted in the Times, has interviewed British converts to Islam (15,000 have claimed the faith in the past few years) and Christianity and sees a sociological angle to their decisions.

"More and more, it seems that becoming highly religious is the ultimate form of rebellion, because secularity is really our society's main religion now," he said.

"A lot of people utterly despise religion, don't they? To convert to Islam or Christianity is really the punk rock of the modern age."

But there's more to this religious revival among youth than rebelliousness. Heading to the land Down Under, signs of spiritual rebirth are evident there, too.

Nathan Tasker of Australia, a Christian singer-songwriter for 10 years, has toured his country numerous times.

"I've noticed there's a lot more searching going on," he said on an Internet posting. "Spirituality is cool again."

He, too, talks about an emptiness in secular life and the spiritual enrichment Christianity offers young people. (Asia and Africa are other prime examples of such a revival.)

The story is similar in our country. Earlier this month, the Harvard University Institute of Politics released a survey of 1,200 college students nationwide about their religious attitudes.

It found that most students say religion is important in their lives (seven in 10 say it was somewhat or very important). One in four say they have become more spiritual since entering college.

Last year, UCLA released results of a national survey on matters of faith that found, among other details, 80 percent of college students say they believe in God, and three-fourths say they are searching for meaning or purpose in life. More than 112,00 college students were surveyed.


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