Ditching Christianity for a safe space of ideas. America’s youth search for something different

2 Timothy 3:6,7 “They are the kind who worm their way into households and captivate vulnerable women who are weighed down with sins and led astray by various passions, 7who are always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Important Takeaways:

  • A mass exodus from Christianity is underway in America. Here’s why.
  • …a shocking rise in the number of people ditching Christianity — what sociologists call “nonverts.”
  • Pew Research Center estimates that Christians will be a minority of Americans by 2070 if current trends continue.
  • And it likely will, with the largest percentage of those losing their religion being young adults … around 30 and under.
  • While the trend toward atheism and agnosticism in Europe has been a slow but steady decline, Bullivant said, the increase in Christians dropping the faith didn’t really take off in the U.S. until the early 2000s, and the decline since then has been steep and quick
  • The generation born after the height of the Cold War — in the early to mid ’80s — didn’t grow up with propaganda and blacklist fears, said Bullivant, so there is a safe space for the idea of a nonreligious life to open up.
  • prominent people coming out and publicly questioning faith in a higher being — such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins — and it becomes OK to reevaluate what you believe… “They opened up a nonreligious space.”
  • “If you’re raised in small-town Texas or Idaho and everyone you know is some kind of Christian, you’re in a kind of bubble. And then with the internet, you start getting support groups online with thousands of members and that helps erode those bubbles,” he said.

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