The Emerging Generation

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Kerby Anderson — Awhile back USA Today had a front page article on the millennial generation and faith. It demonstrates that even mainstream newspapers are noticing a disturbing trend that many of us in the Christian world have been talking about for some time.

The article started out by saying, ďMost young adults today donít pray, donít worship and donít read the Bible.Ē Those are conclusions that come not only from USA Today but from research done by the Barna Research Group, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and LifeWay Christian Resources. Although the numbers differ slightly between groups, they all come to essentially the same conclusion. This emerging generation is less religious and less committed to the Christian faith than any generation preceding it.

The LifeWay study concluded that two-thirds (65%) rarely or never pray with others. Two thirds (65%) rarely or never attend worship services. And two-thirds (67%) donít read the Bible or other sacred texts. As you might imagine, their theology is not orthodox. For example, when asked if Jesus is the only path to heaven, half say yes and half say no. Not surprisingly, only 17% say they read the Bible daily.

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"What is the future of Christianity? Part of that answer will come from what many have called the emerging generation. A recent article in USA Today on the millennial generation and faith had many disturbing conclusions. This week of programs is my attempt to provide information and correct misinformation about this generation."

Kerby is National Director of Probe Ministries. He holds masters degrees from Yale and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of several books and the host of "Point of View" (USA Radio Network) in addition to being the most frequent contributor to the Probe radio program. Kerby also produces a daily syndicated radio and web commentary.

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