In a 2007 study of teens and young adults, the Christian research firm the Barna Group found that 16- to 29-year-olds were “more skeptical of and resistant to Christianity than were people of the same age just a decade ago.” There’s no question that aggressive atheism — the kind that weeds prayer out of graduation ceremonies and mandates “sexual education” curricula that fly in the face of religious traditions — are taking their toll on America’s identity as a Godly people.
It is undeniable that without a firm foundation of faith, our culture will falter — is faltering. Despite billboard campaigns about the inherent goodness of atheists, the fact is that God is the true source of morality. Without God, we’re left with an endless, pointless search for the values and virtues that lead us toward the truth.
Last week while on his historic visit to the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict XVI warned about the effects of secularism in a society. “As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society,” he said.
Something to chat about with the kids over Sunday brunch, yes?