On millennials and religion

Martin E. Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at University of Chicago Divinity School, writes in his “Sightings” column for Religion News Service (Dec. 12, 2017) that while millennials may not practice going to church a lot, many are active doing the work of the  “church” in other ways.

Marty set about thinking about millennials while reading a denominational magazine, Living Lutheran, in which appeared a headline, “The Millennial Mystery: a generation distanced from the church, yet longing for community.”

Citing Jose Ortega y Gasset’s guiding theme where the Spanish philosopher states: “Decisive historical changes do not come from great wars, terrible cataclysms, or ingenious inventions: it is enough that the heart of man incline its sensitive crown to one side or the other of the horizon, toward optimism or toward pessimism, toward heroism or toward utility, toward combat or toward peace,” Marty notes that many millennials follow their heart by being “hospice nurses, inner-city pastors, alert volunteers in causes where they are needed, sitters-in rising from the pews, and other often-overlooked stewards of generosity and purpose far from the headlines.”

For the entire RNS article, click here.