The latest Barna Group Poll on the number of non-believers shows that as the younger the age group becomes, the greater the percentage of non-Christians. Note that they call non-Christians “outsiders”. I see there is an overlap between the age groups of 18-41 and 16-29. These groups have very similar numbers. This means that the large number of people aged between 18 and 41 are approximately 37% non-Christian. WooHoo.
As pointed out in the Barna Update related to atheists and agnostics, this is not a passing fad wherein young people will become “more Christian” as they grow up. While Christianity remains the typical experience and most common faith in America, a fundamental recalibration is occurring within the spiritual allegiance of America’s upcoming generations.
Sounds all good to me.
David Kinnaman, who is a 12-year-veteran of the Barna team, pointed out some of the unexpected findings of the research. “Going into this three-year project, I assumed that people’s perceptions were generally soft, based on misinformation, and would gradually morph into more traditional views. But then, as we probed why young people had come to such conclusions, I was surprised how much their perceptions were rooted in specific stories and personal interactions with Christians and in churches. When they labeled Christians as judgmental this was not merely spiritual defensiveness. It was frequently the result of truly ‘unChristian’ experiences. We discovered that the descriptions that young people offered of Christianity were more thoughtful, nuanced, and experiential than expected.”
Well what do they expect when a lot of Christians act like arrogant asses. It certainly does not make me want to be a Christian when I’m the recipient of death threats and condescension from them.