Answers in Genesis wanted to know how Christian millennials viewed their faith. So, America’s Research Group did some polling for them.
40% of 20 something’s in their poll haven’t been “born again”. Almost that number recognize that the bible has errors, and not quite 50% of them don’t entirely hate gay people. 65% think that good people go to heaven.
Ken Ham has his own interpretation of this, that is exactly what you’d expect it to be: the mourning of the slow, torturous, and ironic death of his sadistic worldview. He’s mostly just using it to plug his new book, I think.
Essentially, Ham thinks that young people leaving the church is a problem for someone other than him.
He has three bullet points that he claims to address in this new book. I can do better. I can address them in a single post like the one he used as a promotion. Here’s what he wants to know:
- “Why so many young people have left the church
- Why so many people still in the church are very secular in their thinking
- Why the church is not reaching the culture with biblical truths as it once did”
Let’s start with the last one, because it’s the one that needs the most explanation.
Why isn’t the church reaching the culture? They are. The issue is that Ham’s specific denomination is not the only one, so he doesn’t count any Christians that don’t explicitly agree with his worldview. Of course millenials are less religious; there’s no denying that. We can only hope that the trend eventually does reach the point of the church being “devastated”, but that day has not yet come.
Secondly, “biblical truths” is an oxymoron. I promised a short post, so I’ll recommend the Skeptics Annotated Bible (online and free, this is not an advertisement) to anyone who’s curious about biblical contradictions, nonsense verses, encouragement of violence, or even good and poetic verses.
Thirdly, let’s talk a bit about that time called, “once”. Let’s talk about how the church gained converts by killing everyone who refused. Or, if there’s an expiration date on ideologies, let’s talk more recently about the children being deprived of an education because their parents are being conned by religious groups today. Let’s talk about that young woman in Texas who tried to register herself for classes because her parents refused to educate her siblings and her because Jesus would come back before they graduated, anyway. Let’s talk about Planned Parenthood employees that have their jobs protested or the women who are trying to get care from them. Let’s talk about homeless kids who were disowned for being gay or godless. Let’s talk about Religious Trauma Syndrome, the doctrine of hell, evangelists, and the ideology that causes all of these things. “Once” is ending now, and it’s about fucking time.
On to the next bullet. Why are so many people in the church secular in their thinking? They have to be. They can see and comprehend facts, and they can’t have cognitive dissonance about their faith, so they resolve the conflicts by separating their worlds or by interpreting their faith a different way. Answers in Genesis has a solution that isn’t viable for those who care about truth. They simply reject any facts that they don’t like. Most people see the hypocrisy in this, so they find other ways to make their faith work.
You know what, I have a lot fewer issues with those people. I still think that they’re wrong, but at least they’re sincere. When someone is this vitriolic toward anything that threatens their faith, it all but screams conman.
Lastly, they wanted to know why so many young people are leaving the church. You know that time we called “Once” where humans knew so little about their world that they mistook their imaginations for science? Where we thought so badly of ourselves that we needed a constant matriarch or patriarch? Where mankind would rather be comfortable and ignorant than curious and exploratory? Once is dead, and we want no part of it. Once was the world of our grandparents and we’re finishing it for good reason.
You can read the post here: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/surprised-shocked-saddened-statistics/
If only those numbers kept improving. Someday soon, I want to be the first to call checkmate.