Talkative Faith: Christian Singles and

Practical Atheism

By Eric Metaxas

Do you believe Christianity is true? Do you act like it? Find out why these are two very different questions, and the troubling answers young people today are giving.

Imagine you’re sitting down for coffee with a young Christian. She’s come to you for advice about her dating life—actually it’s about someone she met at an online Christian dating site. She says they’re attending church together, and wants to know if you think he’s the right guy—maybe even marriage material.

But as the conversation goes on, you find out this young couple has actually started sleeping together. Even more troubling, your friend doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with that.

If you haven’t found yourself in this situation before, well, get ready, because you’re likely to in the near future. As Kenny Luck at the Christian Post reports, religious young people are increasingly disassociating their faith in Jesus from His moral commands.

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A recent study conducted by, one of the Web’s biggest Christian dating networks, tells the whole story. When asked “Would you have sex before marriage?” sixty-three percent of single Christian respondents answered “yes.”

That means that the majority of self-professed followers of Jesus looking for love on ChristianMingle and many other websites are, as Luck puts it, practical atheists.

“God,” he writes, “has nothing to say to them on that subject of any consequence, or at least anything meaningful enough to dissuade them from following their own course.”

The disconnect here reminds me of a fictional character in John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” who also professed faith in Christ but didn’t let it affect his life…

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