by Kenneth Justice
~ In the past month at coffee I’ve talked with a Christian parent whose college age daughter has abandoned the faith and I also talked to a late twenty-something young man whose parents are diehard evangelicals, yet he has abandoned the faith entirely in exchange for agnosticism.
These examples aren’t breaking news in the world of Christianity but rather typical; the overwhelming majority of children raised in Christian homes throughout North America and Europe will abandon their faith during their teenage years or twenties (less than 4 out of 10 will come back to the faith later in life).
Christian friends of mine often refer to the era of the Reformation or the early years of the colonial United States as the golden years of Christianity; they romanticize the plethora of Puritan theologians and scholars, the high percentage of professing Christians in white Caucasian countries, and the…
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