By Marek Jantos
In a famous statement Volatire proclaimed that "if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him." Today, Voltaire's pronouncement is echoed by contemporary philosophers and scientists attempting to understand the human desire for meaning, certainty, and a supernatural God. Social scientists have described this unquenchable desire for the mystical as a "spirituality revolution." Others call it the "third wave" of scientific research. But the current interest makes it evident that these are soul-searching times.
With this unprecedented interest in spirituality we might be inclined to think that skepticism was out of style and faith was in fashion again. But the scenario is more complex than it first appears. As a church, committed to the proclamation of the everlasting gospel through the ministries of health, education, and compassionate service, we need to take a considered stand in relation to this modern-day phenomenon.