This is not another pop-sociological book about a particular generation. This is a book about the most significant cultural challenge facing the Western church that just so happens to be reflected in a new generation.
A recent survey of thirty-five thousand Americans by the Pew Research Center found that the rise of the “nones” has grown to encompass 23 percent of America’s adults. This means that nearly one out of every four adults in the United States, when asked about their religious identity, would say “nothing.” Further, many who were once in the church are now leaving it. About 19 percent of Americans would call themselves “former” Christians.
The generation being shaped most significantly by this, often called Generation Z, will come to typify the new reality of a post-Christian world. As the first truly post-Christian generation, and numerically the largest, Generation Z will be the most influential religious force in the West and the heart of the missional challenge facing the Christian church.
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