Jerry Johnston Interviews Linda Woodhead on Young Adults Leaving the Church20 September 2016
According to Linda Woodhead, youth most often leave the church because they perceive the lack of conviction in religious persons around them. A leading mind in religious studies and research, Linda Woodhead is a Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. On a recent trip to London, England, I asked Linda Woodhead how the church could regain the vitality it has lost. Linda replied,
“I think religion carries conviction when you see it in action; you see it above all in your parent’s lives. That’s the first thing that matters to you and it’s attractive. It makes sense of life. It offers something. In addition it has to be convincing intellectually especially as you grow up so it has to win the arguments, you know, it has to win the arguments about how the world came into being. You have to be able to explain why it seems plausible that there is the God of the trinity. So it’s a mixture of above all being convincing in what you see in people’s lives and in addition it has to win the arguments and seem plausible.”
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