For years the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research
has posted material aimed at religious seekers.
This new version of our website tries to address the questions and concerns of the many Catholics, and Christians in general, who are drifting away from the Church(es). This applies especially to the younger generations.
There are a number of reasons for this turning away from childhood beliefs and practices. The outdated approach of many ecclesial institutions, including the Catholic Church, puts people off. Official doctrines on sexuality - for instance the total ban on the use of contraceptives - prove unacceptable. The distractions of daily life: intense work, long television viewing, and so on, also put obstacles in the way. But there is an even more serious problem: many now perceive the Christian claims on the existence of God, on revelation and incarnation, as incompatible with our modern scientific understanding of the world. www.mysteryandbeyond.org
attempts to explain the reasons for the mismatch. The most common misunderstanding with people is the popular concept of God as some kind of Supermanager who sits high up the sky governing and arranging everything on earth.
The website tackles such misconceptions and provides incentives and examples of why rational belief makes sense in our modern lives. Visit www.mysteryandbeyond.org and let us have your feedback!