Guest Editorial: Introduction to the Mini-Theme

From: Volume 5, Issue 2: Fall 2008, Ministry by and for Those Beyond the Age of 55 Pages 270-273


Demographic realities provide one component of the rationale for the choice of the theme for the current issue of the Christian Education Journal. Consider that more than 70% of those age 65 and older say that religion is very important in their lives, an additional 19% say religion is fairly important while only 9% say religion is not important at all. By contrast, less than half of those between the ages of 18 and 29 say that religion is very important and 20% say it is not important at all (Newport, 2006). This attitudinal variance between young adults and older adults has been consistent for decades of Gallup polling (Moberg, 1997). Older adults value the spiritual dimension of their lives.



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