Millennials. It seems the very mention of the word draws equally passionate—and polarized—responses from society members of all ages. With labels such as “The Unreachable Generation,” “The Me Me Me Generation,” and “The Worst Generation,” it is no wonder that our young people are the most notorious this world has ever seen. But beneath the surface, crises linger which drive an individual to wonder what is really going on within the minds of our youth. Suicide rates among this age group have escalated to an all-time high, while drug and alcohol abuse-related conditions have become top–reported killers. Simultaneously, this populace is leaving the church by the scores, while such religions as New Age, Wicca, and Muslimism continue to gain momentum.
Are Millennials really the narcissistic, self-centered, entitled, and lazy collective that they are accused of being, or is there a deeper problem lurking which creates division between this generation and those previous? Are young people of today truly the worst the world has ever seen, or has our modern church missed the opportunity to reach the most cause–oriented, activist generation in the history of the world? Furthermore, if the Church were to combine efforts with this powerful, zealous populace, could this usher in the next Great Awakening?
These, and many other questions, make up the pages of this book. In Unscrambling the Millennial Paradox, the reader will learn:
• What devastating modern epidemics are sweeping our youth, and what the Church can do to intervene,
• How modern identity politics have robbed our youth of an opportunity to confront their destiny,
• The impact of previous years’ of philosophical and religious evolution, and how this has paved the way for truth to become unhinged for many individuals,
• How economic stressors have shaped the generation’s financial and domestic practices,
• The real reason Millennial’s are leaving the church, and what the church can do to reverse this trend before it is too late.
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Table of Contents
1 The Terminal Generation 3
2 Did We Take a Wrong Turn Somewhere? 27
3 The Identity Crisis 53
4 Digital Orphans: A Generation Raised by Technology 77
5 The "Live-with-Parents" Generation 101
6 The Communication Gap Between Millennials and the Church 121
7 What Millennials Really, Really Want 151
8 Now, a Word to the Millennials 179