The Gospel of ‘Meh’: Why apatheism is more dangerous to the Christian faith than atheism or other competing worldviews
by Erik Manning
Have you ever shared the case for Jesus with someone, only to be met with a resounding ‘meh.’ If so, you’ve met an apatheist.
So what’s an apatheist?
An apatheist is someone who is indifferent about the existence of God. It’s not a belief, but it’s more of a psychological state of mind. Whether God exists or any religion is true makes no difference to them. One writer in The Atlantic describes someone asking about his spiritual condition. He replied “I used to call myself an atheist,” I said, “and I still don’t believe in God, but the larger truth is that it has been years since I really cared one way or another. I’m”—that was when it hit me—”an … apatheist!”
Apatheism is on the rise – 33% of twentysomethings call themselves religiously unaffiliated. It’s important to note here they’re not identifying as atheists or as agnostics. They’re ‘nones.’ The idea of figuring out which belief system or worldview is correct apparently is a little too much drama, so they’ve just shrugged their shoulders at the whole enterprise…