Young People Aren’t Leaving Christianity Just Because They’re Apathetic About Faith

Adam Ford, a Christian cartoonist, made this comic that I’ve seen several people sharing online:

The full strip is here and you should read the whole thing to understand his perspective.

In short, it acknowledges what the studies have been showing: Christianity is losing people while the “Nones” are growing. But Ford suggests that the shift has everything to do with people who never really cared about religion one way or another — the “cultural” Christians — and simply use whatever label is most convenient at the time.

There’s probably some truth to that. But I think Ford dismisses a very real concern that Christians ought to have: Not everybody leaving the faith is simply apathetic about faith.

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Yes, Christianity is Dying, and Conservative Leaders Are Avoiding the Most Obvious Solution

Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of Christian leaders try to spin the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape numbers into something positive… which I’ve said is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The study showed that the percent of Americans who are “unaffiliated” with any religion has jumped from 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% today. Meanwhile, every major Christian tradition is losing some ground.

In one example, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, claims this is a good thing because Christianity isn’t losing the die-hards… they’re losing the wishy-washy:

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In Embarrassing Editorial, Oklahoman Staff Claims Decline in Christianity is Bad for Society

The Oklahoman editorial board isn’t happy with the recent numbers showing a decline in organized religion and an upswing in non-religious Americans.

But why is that such a bad thing? Because, according to the writers, we’re all better off when people just say they’re religious.

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It’s Been Warming Up Outside, Too…

The Onion weighs in on the recent Pew Research study showing rapid growth in people with no religious affiliation:



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Wellington is the “Godless” Capital of New Zealand… and Other Highlights from the Nation’s Census

The New Zealand Herald went through the 2013 census as well as the Deprivation index (measuring wealth) and combined them in a fascinating interactive chart:

That’s a hell of a lot of color, and the darker it gets, the less religious it is.

What they found won’t surprise you, but it’s fun to point out a couple of things:

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