Lukewarm Christianity leads teens to embrace atheism, foundation finds
July 03, 2013
Active members of college atheist organizations tend to be students who rejected lukewarm Christianity in their high school years, according to research conducted by the Fixed Point Foundation.
“These students heard plenty of messages encouraging ‘social justice,’ community involvement, and ‘being good,’ but they seldom saw the relationship between that message, Jesus Christ, and the Bible,” Larry Alex Taunton, the foundation’s executive director, wrote in The Atlantic.
“They felt their churches offered superficial answers to life's difficult questions,” he added. “They expressed their respect for those ministers who took the Bible seriously.”
The Fixed Point Foundation, according to its website, seeks “innovative ways to defend and proclaim the Gospel and to prepare Christians to do the same.”
- Learning from Young Atheists (BreakPoint)
- Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity (The Atlantic)