September 11, 2006

Keeping the Faith

A new study released today by The Barna Group shows that “despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond that.” Many of them simply lose interest, and it’s hard to blame them. After all, as Dorothy Sayers asked more than 50 years ago, “How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?” That’s why it’s so important (as I’ve argued before) that our covenant children be taught in home schools or Christian schools. They need to learn that Christianity is concerned with ten-tenths of their lives.

2 comments:

  1. Steve L.3:53 PM

    Although I agree somewhat, the choice of schooling is not the answer. I have seen many homeschool and Christian school students become disinterested and not involved in the church as a young adult.

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  2. Steve L.4:11 PM

    Now having read the article, Barna's survey confuses me. He puts young adults in 3 categories: churched as a teen, but no longer involved (61%), churched as a teen and still engaged in church (20%), and not churched as a teen and continue to be unchurched (19%). That makes up 100%? This study says the only twenty-somethings in church today were involved as a teen. I haven't taken a survey, but I work with twenty-somethings and I find fault with this survey.

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