THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TURNING AWAY FROM CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IS INCREASING, BUT THEY’RE NOT ALL SIMPLY BECOMING ATHEISTS…
If you believe the premise of the Bible — that mankind is made in God’s image — then you understand that all people want to be connected to a source of greater meaning. The Triune God of Christianity is inherently a community of persons. If individuals are made in His image, then we, too, desire community, both with our maker and with others like us.
DESIRE TO CONNECT
The word religion comes from a Latin word that means “to bind.” This is why it is so hard for people to be purely atheist. Marketwatch reports:
Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.
Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.
Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, said she has seen a major uptick in interest in the occult in the past five years, especially among New Yorkers in their 20s. The store offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”
“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”
Even in the face of scientific “debunking,” people still insist on turning to the occult. That’s because a so-called purely rational science just doesn’t fill the connective need that humans innately possess:
“It’s very different from the way we usually work and live and date, where everything is hyper-mediated and rational,” she said. “There is a belief vacuum: we go from work to a bar to dinner and a date, with no semblance of meaning. Astrology is a way out of it, a way of putting yourself in the context of thousands of years of history and the universe.”
SCIENCE IS BLIND
Think about why this might be. Consider science. The scientific method is based on the concept of repeatability. You do an experiment, under the same conditions, over and over, and get the same result…