"There are various explanations for this success [of evangelicalism], from the skill of evangelicals in marketing religion to the charisma of their leaders. But their success also points to a hunger for the product they are selling, a hunger that goes beyond any particular issue or cause. Each day, it seems, thousands of Americans are going about their daily rounds - dropping off the kids at school, driving to the office, flying to a business meeting, shopping at the mall, trying to stay on their diets - and coming to the realization that something is missing. They are deciding that their work, their possessions, their diversions, their sheer busyness are not enough. They want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives, something that will relieve a chronic loneliness or lift them above the exhausting, relentless toll of daily life. They need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them - that they are not just destined to travel down a long highway toward nothingness."I definitely experience this hunger myself, and often observe it in the lives of people around me. Of course my atheist friends would point out that this is no proof that Christianity is actually true. Wishing something were true doesn't make it so. And they're right, though I think that misses the point. The point is the hunger itself. The question is not whether or not anything actually exists to fill that hunger, but why does such a hunger exists in the first place. And I agree with C.S. Lewis that the presence of this hunger, while not conclusively proving anything, does suggest that something which can fulfill it may in fact exist, just as the existence of literal hunger doesn't prove that you shall get any food, but does suggest that something like food may in fact exist as well.
Of course, then one can argue about what exactly that thing is which can actually fulfill the hunger, but nonetheless, I think it's wise to admit that there are many people out there who are in fact hungry for this deeper meaning and purpose to their lives.
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