"Jesus > Religion"
Lisa Fullam January 13, 2012 - 11:55am
Here's a video currently making the cyber-rounds, with more than 6 million views so far:
I recommend it to you not because I agree with everything this fellow says--though I'd love to have him in class to bring up this kind of discussion! I post this here because I suspect he represents a very widely held set of notions among Millennials. These are the young folks who not only don't darken the doors of churches, but don't see any reason for doing so. As they see it, the Christian churches' concerns simply don't mesh with their concerns. (Ask any campus minister--many, if not most, will tell you that aside from a small group of, often, fervent "traditionalists," most students are not so much alienated from church as utterly uninterested. It's not hard to get a larger group on-board for social justice initiatives, but the whole Church thing? No thanks...)But it'd be a mistake to confuse indifference to religious institutions with indifference to Jesus.So...does this fit with your experience of millennials? And how might the Church address the needs of this generation? Or will we continue to preach to the (aging) choir?HT: The Christian Left. Also, apologies for the ad at the start of the video.
About the Author
Lisa Fullam is associate professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She is the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic (Edwin Mellen Press).