Rumors of God’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article in Time. He writes:

Is God Dead?

With these words 50 years ago, TIME published one of its most famous and controversial covers. The question was placed in distinctive red text against a simple black background. At the time, it was the first cover during Time’s 43-year history to appear without a photograph or illustration….

According to a Pew Research Center survey published last year, nearly 90% of Americans believe in God or some kind of universal being….God most certainty isn’t dead in 2016. But another idea raised in the article could be becoming true: religion’s impending death….

The number of Americans who call themselves religious is at an all-time low, and is lowest among young people. Nearly one-in-three Americans under 35 are religiously unaffiliated. In fact, the religiously unaffiliated—the “nones”—is the second largest religious group in the U.S. behind evangelical Protestants.

In this age of “spiritual, but not religious,” God isn’t the problem. We are.

Too many times our faith communities have blamed society’s –isms for today’s lack of faith—consumerism, relativism, secularism and on and on—but have failed to see how we’ve contributed to today’s irreligious society with our own collection of –isms—fundamentalism, legalism, sexism, elitism and even racism….

In 2016, it seems that Americans don’t have far to travel to find missionary territory. It’s in our backyards.

The full article can be read here.