An evangelical leader believes that the secularization theory – which states that the more educated people become, the less religious they will be – has been debunked as a myth.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, points to a study by Dr. Rodney Stark at Baylor University that states that religious faith is growing around the world, not declining.
In fact, there’s a rapid spread of both Christianity and Islam in the Second and Third World countries.
“Even in the most industrialized parts of the world, where traditional faith has waned, they’re now turning to belief in goblins or elves or astrology or new-age mysticism,” Land says.
Land says Stark’s research shows that man is seeking religious answers, and we as Christians to need to provide those answers.
“Does this show that man is incurably religious because of the law written on the conscience that the Bible talks about?” he asks. “We’ve never found a society anywhere in the world that has not had some form of religious observance. I would argue that’s the way God made us. We have within us a god-shaped vacuum, and we keep trying to fill it from whatever understanding we have of God through general revelation and through the law written on the conscience.”
The secularization theory is a myth created by those who are striving to be nonreligious, according to Land.
“It just reveals the arrogance of secular intellectuals in the West over the past 50 years,” he tells OneNewsNow.