So The Next Generation Will Know: Book Review
by Ryan Leasure
Generation Z (born 2000-2015) is the least religious of all American generations. Research suggest that the percentage of teens who identify as atheist is double that of the general population (p. 30). More than that, Gen Z is projected to become the largest population group in the country. It goes without saying, the culture is moving away from Christianity at super-sonic speeds.
Moreover, Christian teens are leaving the church in droves once they head off to college. Studies of this exodus range anywhere from 50-70% (p. 30).
While this data could lead parents and youth leaders toward despair, it ought to serve as a wake-up call. What the church has been doing for the last few decades isn’t working. Hyping up big events with lots of food and games with short moralistic lessons on staying away from drugs or not having sex with your girlfriends hasn’t generated a steady stream of mature Christians.
When confronting this data, many parents and youth leaders are at a loss. Fortunately, Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace have produced a new book which aims “to show you how to teach the truth of Christianity to the next generation, given the special challenges they face and their unique identity” (p. 22). The book is appropriately titled: So The Next Generation Will Know…