Thursday, 05 March 2015
When I was a young man in college, trying to expand my horizons with broader thinking and new ideas, I entered this environment a bit naive in not understanding the thinking that crept into the era of the late ’60s and ’70s. The norm for the younger generation was to question authority and the culture of the past. The Vietnam War had gone on for too long and I along with many didn't fully understand it. But too late realized, that in pulling out we let many die at the hands of a brutal regime. These were some of the issues within the college culture as well as the thinking, God was dead and nonexisting. If you’re around 50 or less you may not relate to this because you are within part of this cultural shift whether realized or not.
I found myself as a Christian in a very uncomfortable environment. My professor at the time was anti-God, and belief was just wishful thinking. This was the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche, which made known the “God is Dead” philosophy, and he himself was at one time a Christian, turned atheist, and eventually died from mental illness. No one really seems to know what exactly caused him to lose his faith, then fight so hard against it. But this thinking, although in different forms, has always been with us. I also, but not to the same extent, seemed to lose or question my faith during a time of questioning.