So the Next Generation Will Know: A must read for every parent, pastor and youth minister.
by Erik Manning
Have you ever read the book of Judges? It’s one of the gloomiest books in the Bible. The prelude says: “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel”. (Judges 2:10) Not to sound alarmist, but the last part of that verse sounds a lot like Generation Z, at least according to many polls.
Today, incoming college freshmen, when surveyed before they enter college, are three times more likely to report that they are religiously unaffiliated than freshmen who entered college in the 80’s. It’s said that 50-70% of Christian youth will abandon their faith once they leave for college. Research says that the percentage of teens who identify as atheists is twice as high in comparison with the general population. (pp. 30-32)
If you’re a believer, these trends ought to bother you. Parents, pastors, and youth ministers shouldn’t be discouraged by this, but it ought to be a wake-up call. Thankfully, there are answers.
In their newest book, So the Next Generation Will Know, distinguished Christian defenders Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace provide a practical guide to assist in righting the ship in what is swiftly becoming a secularized generation…