And I don’t mean Madonna:
Daily Telegraph (UK), Sep. 18, 2004
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
Young people have more faith in mysticism than in the Church and the Bible, according to research which suggests a revival of the “Age of Aquarius”.
Nearly two thirds of 18- to 24-year-olds believe in the power of horoscopes, compared to just over a third who swear by the Bible, a survey of 3,000 people has found.
While over-45s remain loyal to the Bible, with 71 per cent saying they believed in it, half of those under 45 years old prefer giving credence to astrology.
People in Northern Ireland were the most attached to the Bible, with 92 per cent saying they regarded it as an article of faith, compared with just 16 per cent who turned to horoscopes. In the North-East, however, only 28 per cent said they were confident in the Bible. The findings, conducted for the FX television channel, will refuel concerns among Church leaders about an emerging interest among young people in New Age beliefs and fringe religious movements such as Kabbalah, which has attracted celebrities like the singer Madonna.
A Church of England spokesman said: “Horoscopes are fine for a bit of fun and entertainment, but if you take them seriously, they are very dangerous. The Church is aware of its difficulties in reaching young people, and is looking at new ways of attracting them away from misleading concepts like astrology and towards the message of God and the Bible.”
“Fun and entertainment” is not how God views astrology:
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…
Deuteronomy 18:9-12a, NIV
I hope the evangelical churches of America speak the truth with a little more force and less concern over offending people with the truth, or the youth of America will be just like their English cousins sooner than we realize.
The secularism of the English is why many of our ancestors crossed the ocean in the first place.