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Spreading secularism on conservative campuses

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Both SSA and Christian groups realize the importance of reaching college-aged students. According to the 2008 National Study of Youth and Religion, as teenagers transition into young adults, fewer identify with religious groups, attend religious services, or believe in the afterlife. But when asked whether they felt more or less religious, the majority said they either felt more religious or stayed the same. 

HC Yang, an InterVarsity staff worker at Northwestern University, said it’s that interest in the spiritual that creates opportunities for ministry: “They’re still asking questions like is there another force out there or what does my life amount to? They’re asking spiritual questions in secular language, but they still want to know about their deeper purpose. … I think students are hungry for some kind of divine experience.”

Yang said InterVarsity chapters at Northwestern have not had any interaction with the SSA group, and he is not concerned about its presence.

“I don’t feel like students are choosing between InterVarsity or Secular Students Alliance,” he said. “There is a secularization of the college campus for sure, but I don’t think it’s a dire situation, the students are still asking a lot of questions about Christianity.”

Angela Lu
Angela Lu

Angela is a reporter for WORLD Magazine who lives and works in Taiwan. She enjoys cooking, reading, and storytelling. Follow Angela on Twitter @angela818.


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