Re-Educating The ‘Nones’
Multiple studies, including the PEW survey of 2014, show 36% of millennials (born 1990 – 1996) claim to have no religious affiliation or belief in God.
On the survey form, they declare themselves “None” when asked about their religion. The survey actually refers to these people as “Nones”. The general population registers about 20% on this same question.
Why are millennials abandoning religion at a rate nearly 50% higher than the general population?
How have we lost such a high number of millennials? It is largely due to confusion caused by four popular secular myths claiming:
- Science proves God does not exist. (Doesn’t that make faith pure fantasy?)
- Suffering in the world proves God is either not loving or does not exist
- Why should I follow a bunch of rules set down by Jesus 2000 years ago when there are many other modern viewpoints that look equally valid to me?
- Why is Jesus any more significant than other prophets or wise men? How can I be certain the historical information wasn’t just made up? What if He never really existed at all?
The four pillars of the Magis Website address these four myths with facts and clarity, providing the intellectual tools necessary for evangelizing millennials.
Science, Reason and Faith
Science, Reason and Faith addresses the issue of Science showing conclusively that science does not, and cannot, disprove God. Further, science, medicine and philosophy provide a wealth of evidence that all points to the extremely high likelihood of a loving creator.
Happiness and Suffering
Happiness and Suffering helps us make sense of suffering in the world. Both from mankind and from nature. You will learn here how God does not want us to suffer and how goodness and salvation come from suffering.
Virtue and Freedom
Virtue and Freedom reminds us that we are much more than our physical bodies. We are spiritual beings made in God’s image. We are influenced by good and evil spirits. Here we learn how to defend ourselves from evil and contribute to the Kingdom of God.
Reality of Jesus
Reality of Jesus shows us Jesus Christ not only existed, He showed Himself to be Emmanuel. Jesus refers to God as “Abba” (daddy). Look at the wealth of historical data compiled over the centuries and recently reviewed by noted biblical historians including N.T. Wright in his book, “Resurrection of the Son of God”.
Each of these ten truths comes from the “light of reason” (natural science, medicine, logic, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology) and from the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Each have the capacity to make life enhancing transformations in how we view ourselves, life’s purpose, sense of happiness, our destiny and dignity, self-worth, self-identity, ethics and suffering well. Each will also enhance our capacity to contribute to family, community, society, the common good and the kingdom of God.
If even one of these truths is neglected, it could cause us to under estimate our dignity and destiny in significant ways. Our life’s purpose and path follow closely what and who we believe ourselves to be. The Magis Center has tried to focus on the most significant truths underlying the highest purpose and path for our lives.
We are dedicated to doing this in a way that is reasonable and responsible – using the best contemporary peer reviewed evidence available.