Monday, November 25, 2013

Why Do Young People Become Atheists?

In this brief ten minute podcast, William Lane Craig reviews an article written by Larry Taunton for The Atlantic entitled "Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity."

The podcast and article review commonalities of  young people who are members of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) and Freethought Societies (FS). These groups are basically the atheist versions of Campus Crusade. They were asked to participate in a study via the Fixed Point Foundation website.

The article and podcast discuss that these young people in most cases:
  • Attended church
  • Saw the mission and messages of their church as vague
  • Were given superficial answers to life's difficult questions
  • Expressed respect for ministers who took the Bible seriously
  • Ages 14-17 were decisive
  • Their decision to embrace unbelief was an emotional one
  • The Internet factored heavily in their conversion to atheism
The article can be found here.

WLC's podcast can be found here.

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