Saturday, 9 October 2010

From Cultural Revolution to Collective Amnesia

The Telegraph has flagged up a study showing (no surprise here) that Christianity is no more than a faded memory in the minds of the vast majority of young people.

"For the majority, religion and spirituality was irrelevant for day-to-day living,” she said. “On the rare occasions when a religious perspective was required, for example coping with family illnesses or bereavements, they often ‘made do’ with a very faded, inherited cultural memory of Christianity in the absence of anything else."

This didn't happen overnight. Cultural Revolution came not via the force of political ideology, but (like Israel) by the quiet reordering of personal interests.

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