My friend James Warner Wallace has written an article for Fox news called: “Young Christians are leaving the church – Here’s why.”
Note in the article he says one thing that seems to be forgotten in surveys such as this one is that one of largest reasons people leave the churches are because they don’t think Christianity is true. I happened to do a post a ways back called ” What does it mean to say Christianity is true?”
I think we need to do a better job on explaining that topic. I also wrote a post last week called “Why Are There So Many Skeptics on College Campuses?”
I also think that the latest book called Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World by Abdu Murray is onto something.
As Murray notes, if you say you have clarity or can know truth about any of the big questions, you may be shot down right away. You may even be called a bigot. Murray notes “The culture we currently live in, is the river. All points are moving. Says “A post-truth society is a society that elevates feelings and preferences above facts and truth…A post-truth person says there are objective truths, but my opinions and my preferences matter more.”
So can apologetics save the young people from leaving the churches? It can help. I have been doing apologetics on two campuses where I am for 15 years or so. So obviously, I have given my time and energy to the apologetic endeavor. However, apologetics is one brick in a person’s foundation. While it is not the only brick, it is a very important brick. The internet has made it easy for anyone to watch a You Tube clip by someone who may or may not be qualified to speak to a specific topic. We can teach and equip all we want. But in the end we just need to be faithful and let God do his work. I know from experience that I can’t change a hardened or calloused heart. Only with prayer and perseverance can we see change. Press on!