Are Your Cute Lessons Turning Kids Into Atheists?
By Dale Hudson
America’s spiritual slide has been happening for decades. Each succeeding generation has seen more and more people who identify themselves as “nones.” “Nones” are people who say they have no religious affiliation.
The latest findings from Barna reveal that Gen Z is continuing this downward spiral. (Gen Z is today’s kids—born between 1999 and 2015).
Gen Z is the first truly “Post-Christian” generation. More than any previous generation, Gen Z does not associate with any religious identity.
The percentage of Gen Z that identifies as atheist is double that of the adult population. The percentage of Gen Z kids who say they are atheist is 13 percent. This is compared to 6 percent of all adults.
What is causing the next generation to turn to atheism? Surveys among Gen Z reveals the big reasons.
- 29 percent – I have a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil and suffering in the world.
- 23 percent – Christians are hypocrites.
- 20 percent – I believe science refutes the Bible.
- 19 percent – I don’t believe in fairy tales.
- 15 percent – There are too many injustices in the history of Christianity.
- 12 percent – I used to go to church, but it’s just not that important anymore.
- 6 percent – I had a bad experience at church or with a Christian.
Here are some more eye-opening findings about Gen Z…