My students in Classroom Methods and Management do a survey of individuals around Chicago and their thoughts on values, reality, God and their worldviews.
We got the usual responses: Most people seem to believe in God, a god, the gods, a higher power; People believe that mankind is basically good, which of course sets them up for disappointment; People describe God as something that wouldn’t really fit in any of the major religions; Values are often measured by what works; A life held together with duct tape is acceptable; Knowledge comes from experience.
It seems that there is a lack of trust in authority outside of the self. Let me experince it and I will believe it! This poses a problem for Christians, doesn’t it? It could be a good problem. Truth on its own isn’t going to bring people to God like it might have 30 years ago. We must have experienced the truth in order to lead an experiential world into a relationship with the truth giver. Of course, experience can be satisfying in the moment without Truth. A complete person unifies a true experience with its author. There is a stability and an assuredness there that might sound arrogant, but it is really the firm Rock that Christians have stood with through the ages.