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Individualism Leads to Picking and Choosing Religion

While a recent study states that social media and technology in general can be blamed for the rise in picking and choosing one’s faith cafeteria style, John Vest writes that the individualism that became so prominent among Baby Boomers is to blame by drawing attention away from community and creeds and emphasizing personal religious choices, especially in Mainline churches. A helpful corrective may be found by embracing a more community-based confirmation process.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

While technology may correlate with picking and choosing one’s beliefs, it may be more helpful to discuss the ways that individualism has impacted the decline of Christianity.

  • Just the Kids These Days? The problems we see in kids today who are individualistic and picking their own beliefs have been caused by the choices of previous generations who began emphasizing individuality over community.
  • We Have the Metaphors: The church has Paul’s writings about being a body that is dependent on each other. How does this challenge our individualistic culture?
  • Beware Conformity? How do we balance the line between holding onto truths and community vs. demanding conformity?

How do you see this article playing out in your own community?

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