Monthly Archives: July 2014

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How Millennials Encounter God

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In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo waxes eloquent on the decline of cathedrals and of their impact on Christianity. Claude Frollo, the archdeacon of the cathedral, points to a book, then to Notre Dame, and predicts, “This will replace that.” As new printing technologies made the written word more accessible, books would supplant churches as the primary means by which everyday people encountered God.

His prediction came true. Cathedrals were built not only to house teaching and worship, but to proclaim the gospel and convey doctrine, theology and Scripture. Now we use other technological means to do the same. In Hugo’s day, the primary means was the book. Today it’s the blog, the podcast, Twitter and Instagram.

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Millennial Conversation Goes to a Whole New Level

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In 2013, Aspen Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network partnered with Barna Group, leading Christian researchers, to better understand the principles of design and architecture that best connect with Millennials (18- to 29-year-olds). This multi-phase study of young adults from various religious backgrounds included a national online survey of approximately 800 respondents. It also incorporated focus groups in Chicago and Atlanta, which walked through urban cathedrals, suburban megachurches, city parks, and coffee shops to glean experiential responses from the Millennials who participated.

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