We're living through an epoch of change as profound as the transition from the medieval world to the Renaissance, says the Rev. Canon Frank Martin Harron, II. But for the members of younger generations, this is not an academic topic, it's daily life. Is the church ready?
About an hour into the interview, the voice of the Gen-X Episcopal priest lowered and became more deliberate, as if he were taking me into a confidence.
He said that the starkest divide between his generation and older generations was the response to the question, "What is truth?"
Since then, as I continue to interview observers and leaders around the world of boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) and of Gen X (born between 1966 and 1980), I ask them what this question means to them. The most concise response I have received so far came from a Gen-X intervarsity campus minister at Harvard who works with Gen Y (born after 1980). He told me it means that he might arrive at the same conclusion as his parents or grandparents, but the way he would get there and the context in which he would believe something to be true would be radically different. "I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, but how I reach that conclusion is so different from my parents and grandparents, I would not even try to discuss it with them."