Re-Educating The ‘Nones’
Multiple studies, including the PEW survey of 2012, show 34% of millennials (born 1990 – 1994) 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 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.
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.