A hot button issue in religious dialogue lately has been the hemorrhaging of millennials from their institutional religions. The general hypothesis for the reasons why center around social issues. I don’t qualify as a millennial, but this prevailing progressive attitude is something I identify with. It seems like what young people want from religion is more openness and few rules about what righteousness looks like.
And then there is this article, which I found so interesting.
Apparently atheists and agnostics also have a retention problem.
For my part, I find it heartening that people are rejecting institutional policies that do not sit well with their conscience. And I find it even more heartening that many are, nonetheless, still not choosing to abandon faith altogether, and finding faith even when their parents have not.
To me this seems ideal. I imagine this Utopia where we all just focus on faith and love, without judgment and exclusions.
You may say I’m a dreamer…