Three Reasons Christian Children Give Up Their Faith

The Stream | 6/20/2019 | Josh Shepherd
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What do we say to the heart-broken mother whose child chose science over Christianity? I wrote recently about a mother who spoke up after a talk I gave in a local church. See There’s Science and There’s Scientism.

Her daughter had lost her faith at medical school. As a new doctor, she thought she’d learned too much science to believe in religion. Two other women added their own stories of raising their children in the Church only to see them seduced by “science.”

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They wanted to know what to say. I had suggestions, which I’ll give in another article, but I couldn’t say for sure. It’s a tricky question. It’s a really tricky question when a mother asks it.

People stop believing for all sorts of reasons, but three basic ones. Some understandable. Some not so excusable. A few reflect on them. Others on their parents.

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You can think of children who suffered abuse in their church. Sometimes sexual, sometimes emotional. Either can be brutal. They learn to dislike or fear or even hate Christianity. Leaving it feels like liberation.

Every now and then I meet someone who grew up in a good Evangelical or Catholic home, and they’re shockingly bitter about it. They tell dark stories. Here’s one I hear a lot: Their pastor or their parents or the people in their church — often all three together — constantly criticized them, discouraged them, tried to remake them into someone they weren’t.

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They do it in God’s name. The Christians they knew made them feel two inches tall, and said their faith required it. Christianity didn’t feel like good news to them. It felt like a prison sentence.

You can understand them giving up their faith. Every criticism they got as a child just added another layer of armor to keep God out. Then...
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