Learning from Atheists

Can we learn something from atheist students? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Writing for The Atlantic, Christian apologist Larry Alex Taunton recently shared what he learned surveying atheist college students around the country. When asked why they become atheists, none of them credited the usual New Atheist suspects like Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer, or Christopher Hitchens.

Instead, many said shallow teaching in their home churches sparked their rejection of Christianity. “Serious-minded,” Taunton writes, “they often concluded that church services were largely shallow, harmless, and ultimately irrelevant.” One atheist said he stopped believing when his church yanked his biblically-literate youth pastor and replaced him with someone deemed more “fun.”

Folks, the Pepsi, pizza, and Ping-Pong approach to youth groups doesn’t work. Students need real answers real examples of people radically changed by Christ. Come to ThePointRadio.org, and I’ll link you to Taunton’s article. I’m John Stonestreet.

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Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity
Larry Alex Taunton | The Atlantic | June 6, 2013