Humanist Fellowship of San Diego Message Board › Why are millenials leaving the church? Try atheism.
Chula Vista, CA
This upcoming generation is undoubtedly the least religious in American history. Many millenials view religion as generally intolerant, dogmatic, hypocritical, ass-backwards and irrelevant. This doesn't bode well for religion and the Republican Party.
Thanks to the Internet, religious viewpoints will always be questioned and challenged.
Note the following in the article:
...atheism's best advertisements may be the words of Christian leaders themselves.
When Pastor Mark Driscoll belittles women, Rick Warren argues against same-sex rights or Rob Bell equivocates on the concept of hell, we amplify those messages for them - and it helps us make our point.
(It goes without saying that the pairing of Pat Robertson and YouTube has been great for atheists.)
Pastors are no longer the final authority on the truth, and millennials know it.
Even if they hold Jesus' message in high esteem, the Bible as it has traditionally been preached by many evangelical pastors is becoming less and less attractive to them.
A 2012 study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PDF) showed that many Christians aged 18-24 felt that Christianity was hypocritical (49%), judgmental (54%) and anti-gay (58%).
Edited by Wilfredo Perez on Aug 8, 2013 10:20 PM