Why are millennials leaving church? Try atheism

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Articles and books about why millennials are leaving Christianity often focus on what churches are doing "wrong."


They're anti-gay, anti-women, anti-science, anti-sex-education and anti-doubt, 
to name a few of the most common criticisms.

I don't disagree with those critiques, but there's another side to the story.

While Christians have played sloppy defense, secular Americans have been showing off some impressive offense, giving young Christians plenty of reasons to lose faith in organized religion.

For instance, atheists dominate the Internet, rallying to thriving websites and online communities in lieu of physical meeting spaces.

Even a writer for the evangelical magazine Relevant admitted that “While Christianity enjoys a robust online presence, the edge still seems to belong to its unbelievers.”

Atheists outnumber Christians on popular discussion forums like Reddit, where subscribers to the atheism section number more than 2 million. The Christianity section is not even 5% of that.

The Internet-based Foundation Beyond Belief, which encourages atheists to donate to charitable organizations, just celebrated raising $1 million for worthwhile causes. 

Written By: Hemant Mehta
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  1. Religion is supposed to give you a leg up on everyone else, special knowledge. Atheists are showing that simply is not so. It is just a con to get your money.

    They have to give better value to compete, better music, more social events, better pep talks,

    The Catholics are in trouble. The service is excruciatingly boring and they are not about to improve it.

  2. Hooray, atheism is coming along nicely.Now Christians,don’t get mad.No frothing at the mouth.Remember ‘gentle jesus meek and mild’ Remember the beatitudes,turning the other cheek etc. Maybe,Christians,just maybe there are some good reasons for people leaving the sheep pen…..

    • In reply to #3 by debaser71:

      Some of the comments on CNN are repulsive.

      You’re absolutely correct, but the Yahoo! comment sections seen to be where all the right wing lunatics hang out when they run out of Infowars material to sort over. I’m happy and encouraged that secular- minded, rational people arn’t afraid to call a spade a spade, but it would be folly to underestimate the sheer volume of nonsense that the tin-foil hat crowd can produce.

      • In reply to #4 by Matthew Lehman:

        In reply to #3 by debaser71:

        Some of the comments on CNN are repulsive.

        You’re absolutely correct, but the Yahoo! comment sections seen to be where all the right wing lunatics hang out when they run out of Infowars material to sort over. I’m happy and encouraged that secular- minded, rational peop…

        Yes and it will get worse as the right-wing fundies become less and less in numbers and more and more condensed into their little battle corners, hurling abuse at the heretics, becoming more and more aggressive and militant as they slowly fade away. Amen.

        • In reply to #6 by ArloNo:

          Yes and it will get worse as the right-wing fundies become less and less in numbers and more and more condensed into their little battle corners, hurling abuse at the heretics, becoming more and more aggressive and militant as they slowly fade away.

          At first, perhaps. But actually, I suspect in the end something like the opposite will happen. I suspect that the demise of Christianity will resemble its original conquest over paganism, where ultimately the Roman pagans resorted to begging. As in this exchange between a pagan Roman Senator and St. Anselm:

          Senator: (Speaking as the city Rome) “‘Let me use my ancestral ceremonies,’ she says, ‘for I do not repent me of them. Let me live after my own way… I do but ask peace for the gods of our fathers, the native gods of Rome… What matters it by what kind of learned theory each man looketh for the truth? There is no one way that will take us to so mighty a secret. All this is matter of discussion for men of leisure. We offer your majesties not a debate but a plea.’”

          The Christian saint’s reply was merciless:

          St. Anselm: “Why cite me the examples of the ancients? ‘Tis no disgrace to pass on to better things… I suppose that back in the good old times of chaos, the conservative particles objected to the advent of the novel and vulgar sunlight which accompanied the introduction of order. But for all that, the world moved.”

          (As quoted in Claster, Jill, “The Medieval Experience 300 – 1400″)

  3. It’s funny how some people say that theists and atheists should try to find a middle-of-the-road understanding. Imagine this: a Christian and an atheist walk into a bar… the Christian believes in, say, 10 impossible things (virgin birth, talking snakes, parting of the sea, walking on water, zombie Jesus, etc). The atheist believes in none of those. Should they agree to believe in “only” 5 impossible things? It’s never going to happen. The Christian won’t stop believing in things that make the foundation of his life, perhaps even his identity, and the atheist won’t be able to will himself into believing in lies or fantasies that can’t be backed by any evidence and contradict all that we know about the universe.

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