I had my AP United States history classes read a piece from the America’s Journey text. I found this part very interesting on the perception of religiosity in America during the early 1990s. It reads:
The New York Times reported on ‘dozens of surprises’ contained in an opinion poll on religious identification in America. The poll revealed two main features of American religious life. First, organized religion was thriving. Nine out of ten people polled identified themselves with a religious denomination. Second, the American religious scene was highly diverse. Respondents claimed affiliation with dozens of groups, from Roman Catholics (the largest) to Rastafarians (the smallest).
Contrast this short piece to the recent news piece and book below that draws on postmodernism among the youth in the 21st century. I first came across this information via Mike Cope, a church of Christ minister in Abilene, Texas.
The book Unchristian addreses:
Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like “hypocritical,” “insensitive,” and “judgmental,” young Americans share an impression of Christians that’s nothing short of . . . unChristian.Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in unChristian.Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.