Haven’t You Heard This Before?

This book may well be one of the most important books of this year. Why are we as Christians losing the war of perceptions? This study may have some answers for us. It is based on a Fermi-commissioned, Barna-conducted study of 16-29 year olds and their perceptions of Christianity.



  1. Steven Carr said,

    October 30, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Is it the book’s answer that the reason why we are losing the war of perceptions is because we are living in the last days, and there will soon be a great falling-out like the days of Noah, and it doesn’t matter, anyway, what 16-29 year olds think because they will not be raptured with the rest of us?
    Hopefully none of them will be on a plane when the secret rapture comes, especially if their pilot is a believer. I’ll try to leave a full tank of gas so that any one of the 16-29 year olds can drive away with my unmanned car.

  2. Morgan Farmer said,

    October 30, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Lane…I rest my case.

  3. Fr. Bill said,

    October 30, 2007 at 3:45 pm


    When I note the demographic (15-29 year olds), I have to reign in my horror at what they think of the faith, at least a little bit. You and I both know what kind of world-view these kids were reared with — even if their parents made a claim to Christian faith.

    A culture that is profoundly relativistic in its morals, profoundly pessimistic in its epistemology … well, how can those reared within this matrix think anything else than what this book says they think about a religion which insists on absolute, knowable truth and transcendant moral values — values that apply in every era, in all places?

    Indeed, within the current spirit of the age, if Christianity were not judged by that spirit as judgmental or insensitive, I’d think the Christians were asleep at their spiritual switches.

    Agreed — I haven’t read the book, and I don’t know what the evaluators are talking about when they use the word “hypocritical.” But, I would not take such critics’ criticism at face value without examining it very, very closely.

  4. Jim Vellenga said,

    October 31, 2007 at 7:41 am

    At least some of the views of this age group are a result of a complete misunderstanding of what Christians are saying. For example, they have no understanding of who God is or of their own sin, so when we say that those who die outside of faith in Jesus Christ go to eternal punishment, they think that means God is unfair. Why? Because in their mind he is sending people to hell because they are not part of the right club. It is almost like they are starting with less than nothing as at least the pagans in the past would have had some framework in which they could understand teachings such as that. I selected that one because it is the one that came to mind, but one could use what we say about a whole host of things. Of course at the heart of all of this are people who are dead in their sins who need the Spirit working in them so they can believe.

  5. Ed Barrett said,

    November 2, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I have not read this book, but don’t you think that what this age group is really looking for are those who walk the talk? Whenever, a person receives critciism, it is a humbling but helpful exercise to first look for some truth in the criticism.

    In this case, I am reminded of Jesus’ words when He stated that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Could it be that we have in many areas not lived out the Truth in our lives? Young people hunger for Christians who truly live out what they believe. Divorce, out-of-wedlock births, rebellion, pornography, gambling, drug addictions, alcoholism, and abuse are just as rampant in Christian homes and churches as they are in the world. That is a sad truth that the church needs to face up to and repent.

    We have to honestly ask ourselves, “What difference does Jesus make in my life?” “Does my life point others to Christ?” “Am I living for One greater than self – the Lord Jesus Christ?”

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