Things that make people atheists…

quiz meme 1

Apparently, Ken Ham called foul on Dan Wilkinson, for his column that held Ham (and more specifically, the inflexible and scientifically unworkable picture of the Christian faith he propagates) responsible for young Christians’ mass exodus from the church. Hammy’s main beef with Dan was that he offered no research to back up his point.

Well, here you go, K-Ham. We echo Wilkinson’s assertion that the false dichotomy between faith and science that you and your like-minded cronies perpetuate is largely responsible for the modern-day church’s irrelevance (particularly within intelligentsia), and we offer the following two points of evidence in support. See here for the results of a five-year study by the Barna Group that indicated the church’s perceived antagonism toward science is one of the top reasons young adults are leaving it, and here for a personal story by a young woman who indeed left her faith after learning that her parents and church family had lied to her about evolution.

We don’t expect any amount of evidence to dissuade K-Ham from the idea that he’s sort some of divinely appointed crusader, but perhaps we can give those who follow him blindly something to think about.

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  • Matthew Barrett

    The link to the barna group research no longer works

  • I’d just like to say that, cute as your filled in form above is, it doesn’t match my experience. Yes, I do know some people who have quit because they were raised in a fundamentalist bubble and it burst. But my own experience is quite different. I would say that most of the top half applied to some extent. But the biggest factor isn’t even on the list (unless it’s “abandoning your presuppositions”): I realised that I didn’t really believe in God. Naturally, I started exploring and looking for reasons to believe in God, and found to my surprise that the reasons I had been given and the reasons I went out and found just didn’t seem to stack up. In my view, it is difficult to establish that the Bible is inspired unless you start by assuming it. And without such inspired texts, there’s not a lot you can say about a potential god. And yes, I got to that stage by investigating doubts and questioning and abandoning pre-suppositions.

    BTW, I know quite a few who passed from more rigid beliefs to theistic evolution, then moved on to atheism. Sometimes years after accepting evolution. So, while I don’t think it’s an inevitable slippery slope, I do think it can be a slippery slope.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. This little thing was really more of a joke than anything. I do think the point it makes is worth considering, and is valid in some cases, as you mentioned, but I certainly didn’t mean to imply it will reflect every person’s experiences.

  • The Mouse Avenger

    Your meme is a very thoughtful & profound one! ^_^ I’ll be sure to share it with everyone I know! 🙂