Why Young Ex-Christians Are Ex-Christians, According to the Latest Research
by J Warner Wallace
A new, 2018 Pew Research Center Report polled a growing group in America: “religious nones.” This group describes themselves as “nothing in particular” when asked if they identify with a specific religious group. The vast majority are ex-Christians, and most are under the age of thirty-five. Pew asked a representative sample of these “religious nones” why they now reject any religious affiliation and provided respondents with six possible responses.
According to the Pew report, most “religious nones” left because they “question a lot of religious teaching” (51% agreed with this statement), or because they “don’t like the positions churches take on social/political issues” (46% agreed with this statement). To a lesser extent, “nones” agreed with the statements, “I don’t like religious organizations” (34%), “I don’t like religious leaders” (31%), or “Religion is irrelevant to me” (26%).
From this data, one might infer that Christians leave the faith because they no longer agree with the teaching of the Church or that they don’t like religious organizations or leaders.
But this is not why young Christians are leaving the Church.
One glaring statistic was largely overlooked in the latest data collected by the Pew Research Center…