Is the Church too focused on the youth? Part 3

To most effectively reach our culture with the truth we must get back to the fact that “true spirituality covers all of reality.” (Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, 19)  Schaeffer explains this well:  “When I say Christianity is true I mean it is true to total reality-the total of what is, beginning with the central reality, the objective existence of the personal infinite God.  Christianity is not just a series of truths, but Truth-Truth about all of reality.” (Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, 19-21)

Sadly many Christians today do not hold this view, but it must be encouraged and taught.  The battle for a biblical worldview is not confined to younger generations.  The evidence is too broad to suggest postmodernism, religious pluralism, or “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” is part of a new generational thing.  Therefore, Christian leaders and pastors must encourage and emphasize how parents need to take greater responsibility for there own spiritual life, and of their families. 

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Is the Church too focused on the youth? Part 2

There are greater points of similarity between the Barna Group and what Smith call’s “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”  George Barna himself commented on the results of the Barna Group survey concluding  “most Americans consider themselves to be Christian and say they know the content of their Bible, (yet) less than one out of ten Americans demonstrate such knowledge through their actions.” ( www.barna.org. “Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Christians over the Past 13 Years”, March, 6, 2009) 

As for the Millennial generation Smith researched he came to a similar conclusion stating “for most U.S. teenagers, their claims to religion’s importance notwithstanding, religion actually appears to operate much more as a taken-for-granted aspect of life, mostly situated in the background of everyday living, which becomes salient only under very specific conditions.” (Smith, 130) 

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Is the Church too focused on the youth?

As much as modern day philosophers may try to dispel postmodernism as a rational and coherent worldview, postmodernism has yet to pass from the realm of cultural acceptance.  Perhaps the greatest evidence for postmodernism as a socially acceptable philosophy in America can be identified through purveying our religious landscape.  Some may define America’s general religious beliefs as being “Pluralistic”, but sociologist Christian Smith interprets this phenomenon as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”.( Smith, Soul Searching, 162)  The aim here is to provide analysis for the church regarding this religious perspective which is so pervasive in our culture, and offer some ways to combat it.

Author’s Christian Smith and Barna Group President David Kinnaman, have written and done extensive research on the religious views of today’s youth.  Smith’s book Soul Searching, launched in 2005, targeted the Millennial’s (ages 13-17), also known as Generation Y.  Two years later Kinnaman’s book UnChristian was released.  His research covered those, who in 2007, were between the ages of 16-29, whom he refers to as “Mosaics and Busters”. (Kinnaman, UnChristian, 18)

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Reclaiming Story for Christ?

As I have written before, in our modern Western culture we suffer from a disconnect between Reason and Imagination. Story, when it is rightly used in the service of Truth, can help to connect these two necessary elements into a healthy, God-focused whole.

However, reclaiming Story for the cause of Truth means more than just slapping a Christian label on the idea of storytelling. We must be clear about what Story is and how it relates to Truth.

Portions of the Christian church have wholeheartedly affirmed a postmodern understanding of Story. In this view, Christians have a wonderful story, one that brings meaning and joy and purpose to those who accept it, but it is a story that makes no claims about objective reality and objective Truth.

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Between God & 50: Theological Reflections from a Post Soul Hip Hopper

Some days I just feel like a square block in a round world. I’ve heard that statement almost all of my life; never paid much attention to it until about the last 2 years of my life. At times I feel as though I’m going out of my mind. Nothing in particular brought this on; I’m not feeling suicidal; this is something I’ve been processing for quite some time; no, I’m not “loosing faith”; just processing life in the post soul context.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve gone through a type of metamorphosis of sorts and have really begun to deal with some issues in my life that was hindering me. I’ve been able to really see some things from a different perspective and have completely seen God in a different light, understanding, place, & context. Good right? It’s just that the more I grow, the more I feel like that block in a round mall. Over the years I’ve been able to really grow interpersonally, but also find myself growing away from people I thought I’d be friends with “the rest of my life.”
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IAM Conversation with Dan Siedell

IAM Conversations is a weekly podcast produced by International Arts Movement featuring interviews with artist and creative catalysts who are impacting arts and culture in a positive, rehumanizing way. Here is part one of my recent conversation Dan Siedell, author of "God in the Gallery."


The Post Soulist




This video is just a deep example of the social, political, and cultural critique of the post-soul generation. Mos Def, Cornel West, and Bill Maher have an in depth discussion regarding race, politics, and cultural elements in American society. Again, it really illustrates the deep consciousness of the post-soulist.

***Caution**** there is the use of strong language in this clip.

The Post Soul Context Pt. 1

Before reading this blog, you should read these two articles first:

 

First one

 

Second one

 

Now, hopefully, this blog will make sense to you.

 

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