Should We Expose Students to Arguments Against Christianity?

by Sean McDowell

Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the faith.

In our soon-to-be-released book So The Next Generation Will Know, J. Warner Wallace and I argue that “protecting” kids from opposing viewpoints is ultimately detrimental to their faith. In an attempt to protect our kids, we end up doing greater harm. How so?

For one, overprotecting kids encourages them to wonder whether there actually are good arguments against the faith. And when they do encounter evidence against Christianity, which is inevitable today, many wonder—what else have you not told me? Are you too insecure in your own faith to speak truth?

Overprotection undermines trust. And as a result, many kids lose confidence in their faith.

Inoculation Theory

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