The Making of an Atheist

A study on members of college atheistic groups to find out why they are atheists has revealed some interesting insights into Christianity. Leading characteristics of people turning atheist were:

They had attended church
The mission and message of their churches was vague
They felt their churches offered superficial answers to life’s difficult questions
They expressed their respect for those ministers who took the Bible seriously
Ages 14-17 were decisive
The decision to embrace unbelief was often an emotional one
The internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism

For the whole article go here.

It has long been suspected that our seeker sensitivity has made Christianity not worth seeking. Our mindless drivel that passes for “church” these days is not doing anyone any favors.

“That these students were, above all else, idealists who longed for authenticity, and having failed to find it in their churches, they settled for a non-belief that, while less grand in its promises, felt more genuine and attainable. I again quote Michael: “Christianity is something that if you really believed it, it would change your life and you would want to change [the lives] of others. I haven’t seen too much of that.””

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4 thoughts on “The Making of an Atheist”

  1. So often the “answers” are: just believe, don’t ask questions, don’t go there. It almost seems that Christianity aneeds to use the mind
    in answrring its critics.

  2. I read this article too yesterday!
    Very sad to read Phil’s story. That was the one when they sacked the youth pastor / leader called Jim because they wanted someone who would introduce more play. His replacement was not as good as Jim and Phil left.

  3. Ruth,
    Indeed. I read the Epistles of the New Testament once noticing all the usages of “mind” “think” and “know” and very clearly saw that one of the main points of Christianity, of the presence of the Spirit in us, is to allow us to think better. I firmly believe our inability to think well is based on our lack of Scriptural knowledge. The word of God is the sword in our spiritual armor, the thing that wounds the enemy. The Word is a two-edged sword and we need to wield it more intelligently lest we keep cutting ourselves on it and wounding the wrong people.

  4. Richard,
    That story was indeed tragic, but almost too much so. Sounds a little too neat almost. I know a number of foils who have left the church and did so for a very spiritual sounding reason. The best way to make your own spiritual failure sound better is to blame it on someone else’s spiritual failure. At the same time, it has a ring of truth to it too. It cannot be denied that our entertainment rich churches are hurting more than helping.

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