A piece in the New York Times describes the trend among Millennials of embracing older rites and traditional forms of Christian worship as a way of rejecting modern individualism, secularism, and capitalism.
Weird Christians reject as overly accommodationist those churches, primarily mainline Protestant denominations like Episcopalianism and Lutheranism, that have watered down the stranger and more supernatural elements of the faith (like miracles, say, or the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ). But they reject, too, the fusion of ethnonationalism, unfettered capitalism and Republican Party politics that has come to define the modern white evangelical movement.
This is definitely a thing, albeit a small movement made much more visible by Twitter. When I go to a run-of-the-mill Catholic parochial mass, the ones wearing veils on their heads are no longer the little old ladies–it’s the pious twenty-somethings. Sounds like young Anglicans and Episcopalians are reaching back to their high-church traditions for similar reasons.
The author might be trying too hard to make it cool with the “punk” analogies, but I do think that committing to the religiously “old school” (if you will) is one of the few coherent avenues out of the contemporary right/left ideologies that feel (to some) similarly nihilistic.
Has anyone else encountered or experienced this kind of throwback impulse as a reaction to modern life?