Are people more interested in religion? Or less? Or both? (COMMENTARY)

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Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country, is led by author and speaker Tim Keller. Photo courtesy of Godwell Andrew Chan

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country, is led by author and speaker Tim Keller. Photo courtesy of Godwell Andrew Chan

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(RNS) The upshot: The nones are up because they’re searching, and the orthodox are up because they’ve found.

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  • The article is very interesting. One fact is always true, we humans ALWAYS
    SEEK MEANING to our existence. Traditional religions have always provided
    that. Now, in a world of instant access to alternate “meaning” for existence we
    can and do “pick and choose” for all sorts of reasons. I would question that
    “younger Jews, for instance are becoming more “orthodox” (even in Israel) as
    I worked with Jews for over 25 yrs. and I found this not to be the case. As to
    some younger Christians I agree the “evangelicals” sometimes offer a simple,
    and clearer path then the traditional Christian churches of of parents, etc.
    Most of us who are now here will not be around to see the results.

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  • More people are less interested in religion, and it’s an encouraging trend.

    It suggests more people will be less interested in decapitating apostates and shooting/blowing up women’s healthcare clinics.

    We should all be in favor of that, I’d hope…

  • Bum Philosopher

    Christians can be violent.
    2 teenagers beat until one died in New York this year. KKK and White Supremacists hold meetings at churches.

  • Noreen, many thanks for your comments. The research reveals not that younger Jews are becoming more orthodox (though there is a substantial rise in participation in orthodox Jewry among younger Jews in comparison with one or two generations ago). Rather, the median and average ages of Orthodox Jewry is younger than these ages in other traditions of Judaism. Thanks for opportunity to clarify.
    Marcia Pally

  • G Key

    Some believers are violent. Most aren’t.
    Some nonbelievers are violent. Most aren’t.

    Many believers are respectful of others’ beliefs. Many aren’t.
    Many nonbelievers are respectful of others’ beliefs. Many aren’t.

    Isn’t it amazing how much we have in common?

  • G Kay, I agree with you. Life is made of positive and negative – up and down, left and right, back and front, loose and tight, this and that… And it is all about choice. Human has been created to make choice between the two.

  • Many of the people who have lost their interest in religion are still open to the appeal of faith. I think there’s a growing understanding that to live a full life, one doesn’t have to pay to belong to an organization whose main products are intolerance and bigotry. On the other hand, churches that live their faith are gaining. Here’s something I wrote on what’s going on: http://personal.inet.fi/private/walkabout/Walkabout-gg.html#persecution-is-necessary

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