Dr. Frank Turek and the CrossExamined team are committed to reversing this alarming trend. Invite us to your campus and we’ll present a dynamic interactive seminar that’ll show you why Christianity is true and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist!
Consider these facts:
1) 75% of Christian youth leave the church after high school.
2) Intellectual skepticism is one of the major reasons they walk away.
3) Most Christian students are unequipped to resist rabidly anti-Christian college professors who are intent on converting their students to atheism.
4) College professors are five times more likely to identify themselves as atheists than the general public.
5) More than half of all college professors view evangelical Christian students unfavorably.
6) The “new atheists”—Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens—are writing books and are growing in popularity.
Christian youth in America are not being taught to cross examine the skeptical and atheistic views they encounter when they leave home. The good news is that we can do something about it! Browse the CrossExamined site for more information about how we’re helping young people understand and defend why the Christian faith is true and reasonable, and how you can help.
“Dad, I’m not sure I believe in God anymore.”
My friend never thought he would hear those words. After all, he’s a well-known pastor with a large church and an international ministry. Yet, after just one year of college, his own daughter doubted nearly everything he tried to instill in her for eighteen years. “I now realize that I didn’t do a good job showing her why Christianity is true,” he told me. “Now, it might be too late.”
He’s not the only parent or pastor who’s failed to provide sound answers to young people. There are plenty of examples:
1) Anna, a pastor’s daughter, became an agnostic at UNC Chapel Hill.
2) Steve, son of a famous Christian, renounced biblical morality at Elon.
3) John, a high school worker for Campus Crusade, became an atheist after reading a Richard Dawkins’ book on atheism.
In fact, the problem is at epidemic levels — 75% of young adults raised in a Christian home leave the church after they leave the home. Think about that — on average, three out of every four kids attending your youth group won’t be attending any church a few years from now.
— Frank Turek, CrossExamined.org Founder & President
Are You Paying for Atheism?
“Children spend the majority of their waking hours in school. Parents invest a good portion of their life savings in college education and entrust their offspring to people who are supposed to educate them. Isn’t it wonderful that educators have figured out a way to make parents the instruments of their own undoing? Isn’t it brilliant that they have persuaded Christian moms and dads to finance the destruction of their own beliefs and values? Who said atheists aren’t clever?” — Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, 2007
Why are they leaving?
We can lay the blame for much of this on ourselves — that is, on the church. While there are notable exceptions, most American churches over-emphasize emotion and ignore the biblical commands to develop the mind (1 Pet 3:15, 2 Cor. 10:5). In other words, we’re doing a great job performing for our youth with skits, bands and videos, but a terrible job informing them with logic, truth, and a Christian worldview. We’ve failed to recognize that what we win them with we win them to. If we win them with emotion, we win them to emotion.
Now, I don’t want to discount the importance of emotion. If the Bible is true (as we show in the seminar), then God does want us to love Him with all of our hearts. But He also wants us to love Him with our minds (Mt. 22:37). Christians don’t get Brownie points for being stupid! We’re supposed to know what we believe and why we believe it. And for good reason — emotion alone is not enough to protect Christian students at college or make them bold witnesses for those they meet. If they arrive at college with nothing more than good sentimental feelings about Christ, they are easy prey for anti-Christian professors and a campus environment intent on undermining their faith.
Our mission at CrossExamined.org is to equip high school and college students to know why Christianity is true, how to defend it, and how to refute those who try to corrupt them.
Please browse the CrossExamined site to see how we are doing that and how you can help. Thanks!