Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity?

Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do something about the dilemma. My hope in this post is to simply consolidate some of the research (many of the summaries are directly quoted) so you can decide for yourself. I’ve organized the recent findings in a way that illuminates the problem in a continually updated article found here:

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  1. David says:

    I was an atheist for about 10 years. When I was at university as a mathematics major attending a Christian university, I would have laughed at you if you said you believed in God or the Resurrection of Jesus. As far as I was concerned, God didn’t exist, Jesus was dead and life was ultimately meaningless. The Bible my grandparents gave me? I set it on fire and I wish I had not done that.

    I saw no evidence for Christianity and naively thought that there must be some simple, naturalistic explanation for the rise of Christianity and the weight of the evidence must surely favor atheism. I of course now know better, thanks in large part to the works of J. Warner Wallace and other apologists who make the case for Christianity.


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