Yet Another Article on Young People Leaving the Church

But what piqued my interest in this particular article was the following paragraph:

I also met leavers who felt Christianity failed to measure up intellectually. Shane, a 27-year-old father of three, was swept away by the tide of New Atheist literature. He described growing up a “sheltered Lutheran” who was “into Jesus” and active in youth group. Now he spoke slowly and deliberately, as if testifying in court. “I’m an atheist and an empiricist. I don’t believe religion or psychics or astrology or anything supernatural.”

Lately, I’ve been rereading Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. One theme she weaves throughout is the need for Christians to be able to articulate a Biblical worldview, and to be able to interact with an critique other worldviews. There are a few anecdotes in Pearcey’s book that show how much we fail students and young adults in the church by not providing good, solid answers to their questions, doubts, and crises of faith. Note that the young father in the article defines himslef as an empiricist. When a student asks for evidence as to the resurrection of Jesus, are we able to give any answers?

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