For your reading pleasure…
Pagans and Christians in the City picks up on a prediction made by T. S. Eliot in The Idea of a Christian Society—that “the future of Western societies would be determined by a contest between Christianity and a rival that Eliot described as ‘modern paganism’” (8). What did Eliot mean? What is modern paganism? How does it differ from ancient paganism? How do these visions differ from Christianity?
A recent Pew Research study showed that while most Millennials want a loving, lasting relationship like pictured in the movies, only 26 percent—a number less than any other group in known history—are pursuing it through marriage. In the last 60 years, our culture has moved from divorce being extremely rare to now a common practice. This uncertainty of lasting marriages leads to cohabitation as the norm to “test” the relationship—like testing out a used car. Even that has changed: Millennials ages 18 to 32 have abandoned both.
What happened? Why have younger people become so afraid of marriage?
Visitors to church will put up with a lot. Unreliable PowerPoint. Uncomfortable seats. Long sermons. Instant coffee. But few visitors will tolerate cold fellowship.
Some interesting stats.