Is there a place for Christian apologetics in the contemporary church? Is apologetics a leftover from a previous era and no longer relevant to this postmodern world? Should we just focus on creating community and facilitating worship services where people can experience God?
While those who have what Gary Thomas calls the intellectual pathway for connecting with God may see apologetics as important, it would be nice to have some hard evidence for the value of Christian apologetics.
We now have such evidence.
The Pew Research Centre recently did a study of why the ‘nones’ no longer attend church. These ‘nones’ are those who indicate no religion when asked about religious affiliation. They are not necessarily atheists, although some are. Rather, they are those who refuse to affiliate with any one organized religion. They are also the fastest growing group in the most recent religion surveys.
Pew discovered that many of these ‘nones’ (78%) were raised as members of a religious group before leaving it as an adult. While there are various reasons why they left their religion, the biggest reason (49%) was that of a lack of belief.
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