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11.05.2013 posted by AwanaYM

“It’s embarrassing to admit you’re religious,” says Hilary Pollack, a 27-year-old who recently moved to Brooklyn. “But I think a lot of people my age are sick of being nihilistic. Spirituality is a lot cooler.”

That amazing quote is included in a longish Newsweek story reporting on the rise in occultism among 20-somethings.

Millennials are the least religious generation in history; according to a 2012 Pew study, one third of adults under the age of 30 are unaffiliated with any particular faith. At the same time, a 2001 Gallup poll found that Americans’ belief in psychic and paranormal phenomena — particularly psychic healing and extrasensory perception — significantly increased during the 1990s and has held steadfast ever since.

This is the cultural spiritual world our students are graduating into. Of course, there’s a danger, but there’s also an opportunity for us. As Hilary says in that quote, nihilism loses its appeal over time. People – especially students – want to believe in something, just without feeling like idiots. It’s the pendulum swinging further away from stark materialism.

The opportunity for us and for our students is, as always, to invite the spiritually hungry to taste and see that the Lord is good by showing Him to them in our lives, in our families and in our churches.

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