Reasons people leave church about age 15-
The reasons are
- Reason #1 – Churches seem overprotective.
- Reason #2 – Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow.
- Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science.
- Reason #4 – Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental.
- Reason #5 – They wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity.
- Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.
Continuing the evaluation of the 6 reasons 20/30 somethings left the church at about age 15 bring us to creation/evolution.
Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science.
One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are too confident they know all the answers” (35%). Three out of ten young adults with a Christian background feel that “churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in” (29%). Another one-quarter embrace the perception that “Christianity is anti-science” (25%). And nearly the same proportion (23%) said they have “been turned off by the creation-versus-evolution debate.” Furthermore, the research shows that many science-minded young Christians are struggling to find ways of staying faithful to their beliefs and to their professional calling in science-related industries.
Often in the church, we don’t ‘know the answer’ to hard questions, so we just put down the opposing view. That has happened for too long on this issue. At the same time, Christian have allowed the debate to be framed as, “Why are Christians so stupid to believe in creation, when there is no scientific support for it?” When rather, the question should be, “We know that scientifically there is evidence for a Designer, why is academia suppressing it?”
I am a creationist, I believe that it is essential to the gospel (if there was no real Adam/Eve, then there was no real ‘Fall’, thus there is no real sin, if there was no real sin-Jesus died in vain).
Also, I think it’s important to be able to give an account for what you believe. As such here’s some helpful links-
- Answers in Genesis– this is an alphabetical list of several scientific conversations
- Expelled– Ben Stein’s movie on God/science (intelligent design)[i]
- Creation Museum
- Ex Nihilo–SBTS magazine winter ’11 edition looks at the issues surrounding the question.
- Genesis Veracity Responses dealing with the flow of world history
These resources are not Scripture, but are helpful tools.
It’s not always flashy, to have these conversations or dig into the ‘dissenting view”, but they are important..apparently if we want to keep people in church the are.