Those days are gone

by Marl Mittelberg

ReasonRally2012How can we address the rise in skepticism?

– One in 4 Americans under 30 now describe their religion as “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “nothing in particular” — and the number of people with no religious affiliation has doubled since 1990, to 15 percent.

– Young people are dropping out of church at 5-6 times the historic rate, often because of intellectual doubts.

-Books by the New Atheists have gone mainstream, many becoming international bestsellers, and anti-religion websites are proliferating.

As church leaders, we must identify and intercept entropy wherever it threatens our God-given mission. One critical area is the erosion of people’s confidence in the claims of Christianity. Call it what you will — post-modernity, post-Christianity or just old-fashioned secularism — but many people simply don’t believe what they used to believe.

There was a time when you could count on most people having some form of religious training — whether parochial school, catechism, Sunday school, or VBS — and therefore sharing some understanding of what the Bible says about God, sin and our need for a Savior. They may not have been following Christ, but deep down they knew they probably should do so.

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Those days are largely gone

Worse, many church members are experiencing slippage in their own understanding of the facts that undergird our faith. As a result, spiritual doubts and defections are on the rise, especially among young people.

So what can we do to address this entropy and lead people back to a more confident biblical faith? Here are a few suggestions…

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