A recent poll, by Pew Research Center, asked young people, under the age of 30, to agree or disagree with this statement:
“I never doubted the existence of God.”
The study found that 15% more young people doubt the existence of God than in 2007.
The figures perhaps reflect the increasing boldness of atheist authors and philosophers in public debate, or perhaps the less-than-stellar
behavior of prelates who proclaim God’s word.
So, all you fundamentalists sitting at your keyboard, ready to pounce and debunk or chastise that atheist's post, your fears are being realized.
Maybe these young people never had a religious experience, or their parents never nurtured a spiritual context, or maybe these young people represent
what happens when there is an open discourse of ideas.
My upbringing, an Assembly of God, Pentecostal environment never allowed for questions, period! But today's youth doesn't have to rely on their
pastors to answer their questions any longer. The internet, and sights like ATS, are there to inform people of just about any alternate view, without
But, open discourse and debate are not the only reason for some's lack of faith. The action of ubber religious folks are being cited as partly to
blame. Poor exemplary behavior and ungodly or unChristlike reactions, are turning young people away from faith in God.
I said goodbye to the genre of Christianity in which I was raised, but I was unable to embrace atheism. I searched and delved into spiritual realms
by dabbling in Buddhism, Sufism, Bahia Faith, Astrology, Mysticism etc. until I settled into something that works for me.
I encourage anyone to search for a meaningful life, by any means. I am not opposed to those that choose atheism, it just isn't for me. But I wonder
if these kids are making their own choices about their views of God or are they being left out because of the global mess our religious leaders are
making? Are they truly being educated to use their critical thinking or is spirituality simply absent?
What say you ATS?
edit on 14-6-2012 by windword because: grammer