(Spectator) Melanie Mcdonagh on British Younger Adult and their Faith Choices

So why is it that the young folk revolted by contemporary excess don’t simply make for the local CofE, or Catholic church, and rediscover the religion of their grandmothers, rather than getting their spirituality via Islam? It is, I think, something to do with the real malaise of contemporary Britain which I wrote about in a little essay in The Spectator concerning the film Eat, Pray, Love. It is the notion that what exists abroad, or what is foreign to your own background, is somehow superior to what you’ve grown up with, what’s under your nose. In the case of EPL, the heroine finds her spiritual identity in Buddhism. It would have been a good deal more interesting if she could have discovered it in her local Episcopalian church.

It may be that the British young don’t embrace Christianity because they simply don’t encounter it, at least not through the kind of religious education-as-anthropology they get in state school, which is about as opposite as it is possible to be from the Sunday School teaching which their grandmothers would have got. Actually, the death of the Sunday School pretty well marked the end of any practical instruction in Christianity for most children. No wonder they’re susceptible to the certainties of Islam, when they encounter it.

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4 comments on “(Spectator) Melanie Mcdonagh on British Younger Adult and their Faith Choices

  1. Old Guy says:

    Nice article! Thanks for posting.

  2. flaanglican says:

    I think, based on that earlier baptism article, if the Church of England is already watering down (no pun intended) the Christian faith during the Baptism rite, among other areas, why bother? In my church, we’re finding just the opposite–a strong Biblical, orthodox commitment is drawing more younger people in. I came to the evening contemporary service last week, which draws more high school, college, and young adults, and was amazed at how full the church was.

  3. flaanglican says:

    [url=http://new.kendallharmon.net/wp-content/uploads/index.php/t19/article/34386/]This[/url] is the baptism article.

  4. NewTrollObserver says:

    I thought the heroine of EPL settled on a lineage from the Hindu Yoga tradition, not Buddhism.