‚ÄėIt‚Äôs not that Christianity is unpopular, it‚Äôs that it‚Äôs untrue.‚Äô
Hemant Mehta on rising atheism among millenials: ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs not that Christianity is unpopular, it‚Äôs that it‚Äôs untrue.‚Äô
Dueling young columnists discussed the rise of atheism among millenials Sunday morning on CNN.
Rachel Evans, an evangelical blogger, attributed the number of millenials abandoning the church to a loss of connection to the traditional religious values of service and spiritual connection, and not superficial questions of style. ‚ÄúI think there‚Äôs this assumption among a lot of Christian leaders that, you know, if we bring in some hipper worship bands and a coffee shop in the fellowship hall and maybe a pastor who wears skinny jeans young adults will come flocking back to the church,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúClearly, that‚Äôs not happening.‚ÄĚ
But Hemant Mehta, author of The Young Atheist‚Äôs Survival Guide and editor ofFriendlyAtheist.com, connected the rise of modern atheism to the increasingly-obvious problem of squaring religious belief with modern scientific reason and social ethics.
‚ÄúNot all the millenials who are leaving church are necessarily flocking to atheism. But if you ask young people, if you ask millenials what comes to mind when they think of Christianity, when they think of the church, they will tell you it‚Äôs anti-gay, anti-doubt, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-sex education,‚ÄĚ Mehta said. ‚ÄúWe all know what the church is against, and we really don‚Äôt care what the church is for when you have that much baggage.‚ÄĚ
Watch the discussion here.