Latest

21 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (6)

Does my husband have the power to take my children to his Church even though i forbid it?

Question from anonymous on 6/16/2011: My husband has been attending a local SSPX chapel exclusively for over 2 years. I and our 7 children (ages 3-19) attend…

Read more

10 Dec 2016 Articles No comments

The body and Mass box of Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later

When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa, many hearts were filled with emoti…

Read more

17 May 2016 USA No comments

Parishioners to leave closed church after 11-year protest

Protestors had hoped to reverse a decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close St Frances X Cabrini church For more than 11 years, die-hard parishioners of S…

Read more

18 Oct 2016 News No comments

‘Society marginalises the elderly,’ Pope tells audience of grandparents

Francis spoke about the value of older people, describing them as 'a precious treasure', at an audience with more than 7,000 people The Pope has warned that th…

Read more

09 Oct 2014 Vatican Comments (1)

Backing 'Humanae vitae' a prime goal for bishops' synod

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2014 / 12:03 pm .- With Paul VI due to be beatified at the end of the Synod on the Family, his teaching on the regulation of birth in Human…

Read more

22 Dec 2016 News No comments

Vatican: ‘Ordination in China marred by presence of illegitimate bishop’

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination 'created turmoil among Chinese Catholics' The Vatican says it was saddened that the ordination of …

Read more

24 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

New York City prepares for 'The Francis.'

Everyone and everything from singers and priests to the cathedral itself in the New York archdiocese are making final preparations for the Pope's next stop duri…

Read more

04 Jun 2015 Articles No comments

God or Atheism — Which Is More Rational? - Peter Kreeft

The conclusion that God exists doesn't require faith. Atheism requires faith. Is it rational to believe in God? Many people think that faith and reason ar…

Read more

29 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (1)

St. Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus

But we too can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ's Heart and feel him touching …

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

The shocking NEW reason why young people are leaving church

It’s a surprising find, but it’s also true. Americans are giving up on God. A Pew survey reveals that half of the people who have quit going to church no longer believe in God.

Nearly a quarter of the nation no longer attends church at all. This quarter classifies themselves as the “nones.” About half of that group doesn’t even believe in God.

Pew studied this phenomenon in an effort to learn why.

Their results show lack of belief is the leading reason why people stop attending church. The other excuses (they disagree with church doctrine, hypocrisy) are still there, but lack of belief was number one.

The primary reason why people are losing their belief is science.

The finding is astounding. While many scientists find evidence for God in their work, lay people often think that belief and science are incompatible.

A major reason for this is the apparent incongruity between fundamentalist interpretations of Biblical metaphor and widely accepted scientific theory. For example, compelling majorities of the scientific community argue the following points:

– The universe was created with a Big Bang (a theory first proposed by a Jesuit priest).
– The Earth is billions of years old (not 6,000).
-Humans evolved from pre-human ancestors (theory of evolution).
– The planet is warming due to human activity (anthropogenic global warming).

Young people, in particular, are taught these ideas from a young age, and properly so, since the evidence suggests they are facts. The problem is, the few critics of these ideas argue from a basis of biblical evangelical fundamentalism. That is, they insist the Earth was created in a literal six-day span. They suggest global warming is false because God would not use sea level rise to destroy the planet (Genesis 9:13). They deny that humans have evolved at all, claiming that macroevolution does not exist (they misunderstand -or misconstrue evolution, even when they hold degrees in the field!).

There are hypothetical scientific interpretations of evidence which suggest their ideas could have merit, but the preponderance of evidence supports the mainstream scientific theory.

Even the Vatican has embraced human evolution and global warming. But some Catholics remain unaware.

Fundamentalists can be vocal and they get attention. However, most youths are sophisticated enough to tell the difference between science and pseudoscience, at least in these cases. They often conclude religion and science are incompatible. It’s an understandable conclusion, even if unreasonable.

They follow this conclusion by seeking scientific evidence for God. The problem is that God is metaphysical and supernatural, not natural. You cannot fit God into a test tube. You cannot measure God like you can temperatures, cosmic distances, and timescales. Nonetheless, they conclude “there is no God” because they cannot even define the units of measurement for their experiment.

So the primary reason why people are leaving church is because they are not being taught that religion and science are compatible.

Science tells us how, but it takes religion to tell us why. This simple fact needs to be preached, taught, and drilled. Until this happens, we will continue to lose our youth to atheism, which can only offer the how, but never the why.


 

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

 









wpsd_autopost:
1

6 comments

  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    “While many scientists find evidence for God in their work, lay people often think that belief and science are incompatible.”

    No, well less than 1 out of 10 elite scientists “find evidence for God.” Belief and science are not compatible: belief has no way to verify its claims, whereas, science is all about testing and verifying.

    Science does tell us how, but the why claims of religion are all unverified. There are thousands of religions. How do you verify that yours is the correct one?

    1. Klinsar Reply

      This is incorrect. 65 percent of nobel lauretes defined themselves as Christian alone you cant get more elite than that. These research projects are manipulated and the people are under a lot of peer pressure to define themselves as atheists but the proposed span of atheism is simply not the case. In these research projects the definition of God is made in such a way that I as a firm core servant of the Lord could not affirm that I believe in that proposed definition of God.

      1. Tom Rafferty Reply

        Pew Research: ” – – – the National Academy of Science charted belief in God as low as 5.5 percent among biologists and 7.5 percent among physicist and astronomers in a 1998 study.” http://www.seeker.com/are-scientists-atheists-1765139498.html

        Now, with that said, the REAL conflict is not between the religious and scientists but between religion and science, as I stated above.

        I end with a challenge. Please respond if you can reconcile your Christian faith to these facts from science. https://understandrealitythroughscience.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-challenge-for-christians.html

        1. Stephen Denny Reply

          #1. The story of Adam and Eve is metaphor. It’s obvious in the name of Adam which is from Jews ‘adamah’ meaning ‘soil’.
          #2. The question then jump to the story of Jesus and forcing people to think paralel as metaphoric story as Adam and Eve. But that’s not paralel.
          #3. If Adam and Eve is metaphor, is that means that sin also metaphor? The creation of human is metaphorically narated in story of Adam and Eve, and maybe the concept of Law and transgression against the law, which is the beginning of the concept of sin.
          If we read carefully the story of Adam and Eve, we can find how the ancient people taught about law and at what age the law applied.
          First, there are 2 main Tree in the garden of Paradise, the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden Tree fruit, “their eyes were opened and they both knew that they’re naked”.
          Law applied to the ‘mature’ and ‘able to reason’ people. The ancient people defined ‘maturity’ as the beginning of feeling ashamed when they’re naked.
          #4. And what about ‘original sin’?
          Original sin is a concept that the relation of human to his/her Creator is cut off, since the beginning of human life.
          The word religion came from latin ‘religio’ which means to reconnect which cut off.
          #5. If the story of Genesis only metaphor, does it mean that Jesus sacrifice also metaphor??
          Again the question is jump.
          After Moses delivered Israel from Egypt, Moses and Israel prophets foresaw the perfect ‘leader’ or mosyiach. A man with power/ability as Moses, perform supernatural miracles, yet inflicted with rejection lead to his persecution.
          So, the concept of sin redemption is not Christian invention. It has been written 7 centuries before Christ in the Isaiah 53.

          The question about Jesus has nothing to do with the story of Adam and Eve.

          1. Tom Rafferty

            Stephen, you said, “The question about Jesus has nothing to do with the story of Adam and Eve.” Wrong. If there was no “Original Sin” (reality), there is no need for a Savior (Jesus). Such a simple concept.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories