The Atlantic has a compelling article about young atheists that grew up in religious homes. Larry Alex Taunton, head of Fixed Point Foundation, has spoken to numerous atheists and heard the stories of why they rejected Christianity.
According to Taunton, reasons the young are leaving the church include:
- "The mission and message of their churches was vague"
- "They felt their churches offered superficial answers to life's difficult questions"
- "The internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism"
Besides talking to college atheists, Taunton has also debated prominent atheists such as Christopher Hitchens.
Hitchens asked Taunton some questions:
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has effectively endorsed the adoption of Sharia law. Can you believe that? Whatever happened to a Church of England that believed in something?”
My eyebrows shot up. “‘Believed in something?’ Why, Christopher, you sound nostalgic for a church that actually took the Bible seriously.”
He considered me for a moment and smiled. “Indeed. Perhaps I do.”
This should be a lesson to Christians. Do we take the Bible seriously? Twenty-five years ago I was in a church youth group. Probably half of this group have walked away from the church. Some of my friends show intense dislike for Christianity.
- Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity
- My Take: An evangelical remembers his friend Hitchens