I greatly appreciated this article about churches producing atheists. Here’s an excerpt:
Horvath, who has taught religion to middle school and high school students, explained that some of the recurring questions young adults struggle with but churches often fail to address include the formation and development of the Bible, the presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the question of inspiration and inerrancy.
“In large part, it happens when the church leadership is completely unaware that their members – and not necessarily just the young members – have questions at all,” explained Horvath to The Christian Post. “And [they] continue merrily along thinking that to retain the youth they just need to be entertained.”
I think he’s saying that Halo 2 game nights and Praise & Worship meetings aren’t enough; kids (some) will actually break free from the Christo-materialist shell you’ve created for them and start contemplating first things. It got tiring as an undergraduate to meet so many Evangelicals and Catholics (mainline Prots were indifferent) who not simply drifted away from their faith but consciously rejected it and for precisely the same reasons that Horvath points out (the problem of evil, Bible difficulties). This is not to undermine the consumerist-materialist-selfish factor, but people really do have intellectual problems not just moral, as much as I believe the latter to be decisive. Common sense words of advice: Teach the faith, addressing these issues, yet not constricting our theology to apologetics but presenting it in all its radiance as the Word of the Eternal, Merciful, Loving, Triune God. There are actually theologians a lot smarter than these
know-it-all curious, inquiring young minds who have dealt with these issues and even taken the time to write it out in order to impress their academic peers serve and build the church.