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From CNN today:  http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/30/why-are-millennials-leaving-church-try-atheism/?hpt=hp_t3

The reason . . . . rational, free thinking atheists and related web sites (like WWGHA) and the continued judgmental and contradictory teachings of Church Officials and associated dogma.

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Re: New Article: Millennials are leaving church in increasing numbers
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013, 10:04:24 AM »
I think a large part of it might be the web.  You can now be exposed to everything.  As a result, rational thought gets a boost.  Not being trapped in your local area, community, family church helps.  And of course WWGHA.
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Re: New Article: Millennials are leaving church in increasing numbers
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013, 11:52:10 AM »
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Christians can no longer hide in a bubble, sheltered from opposing perspectives, and church leaders can't protect young people from finding information that contradicts traditional beliefs.

Information  is power; so too is and education. Traditionally the church, or any religious organisation, had greater opportunities to control and wield that power. Now people are exposed to other ideas and it's much harder to influence people based on primitive superstitious beliefs.

I don't know how much sites like this contribute to deconversion. But it's still a venue where the religious get to see that their beliefs are often contradictory, unsupported by fact, and invariably held together with nothing any more effective than string, sealing wax, and a huge helping of sloppy thinking.
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Re: New Article: Millennials are leaving church in increasing numbers
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2013, 12:56:21 PM »
held together with nothing any more effective than string, sealing wax, and a huge helping of sloppy thinking.
Yeah, what were they thinking, leaving the duct tape out?

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Re: New Article: Millennials are leaving church in increasing numbers
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2013, 02:01:13 PM »

Information  is power; so too is and education. Traditionally the church, or any religious organisation, had greater opportunities to control and wield that power. Now people are exposed to other ideas and it's much harder to influence people based on primitive superstitious beliefs.


You got it right XYZZY.  Explains why the Taliban has so much success in Afghanistan; 28% literacy rates, Women are not allowed to go to school (even if they can read), little household income and underdeveloped/crumbling infrastructure.  Perfect environment for Tribal leaders to enforce and maintain radical Muslim beliefs and laws. 

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Re: New Article: Millennials are leaving church in increasing numbers
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2013, 03:11:25 PM »
Explains why the Taliban has so much success in Afghanistan; 28% literacy rates, Women are not allowed to go to school (even if they can read), little household income and underdeveloped/crumbling infrastructure.  Perfect environment for Tribal leaders to enforce and maintain radical Muslim beliefs and laws.

Exactly, and it's also in evidence with church missions and associated "good works" who focus on third-world countries where it's easier to displace the existing belief structure with a new one.

Case in point. Last week I was talking to a very nice, very kind, genuinely driven, lady who frequently took part in mission work to build schools in remote parts of Africa. I was wearing a hat, thus hiding my horns, so she probably assumed I was a Christian - so I asked her how they approached the missionary aspect of spreading the gospel. Her answer was really quite interesting.

Essentially, she said that they don't try to force anyone to change their beliefs. They rely on the locals curiosity about the beliefs of these foreigners who have come to help them. She said that they explain what they believe, tell them about what the bible says, and how they are driven by their faith to help. Then, they ask if they want to know more.

At that point they contrast their existing beliefs, which haven't provided water or schools, with their example and leave it to the individual as to which belief system is more effective. They are careful not to call the school a "church school" but, of course, they teach those that want to know about Christianity.

But what don't they do? They don't contrast their biblical accounts, e.g. creation, with the scientific. They don't point out that their hidden agenda of conversion, nor do they point out any alternatives. It's a false dichotomy between the beliefs that failed and these new beliefs that "work".

This situation leaves me conflicted. It's admirable that they help but unlike, for example, Doctors Without Border the reality is that they are approaching vulnerable and unsophisticated people and leaving them with the impression that this "new" belief system is what provided the help, thus creating the unstated expectation of reciprocation via conversion.
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