Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers - New York Times: "At an unusual series of leadership meetings in 44 cities this fall, more than 6,000 pastors are hearing dire forecasts from some of the biggest names in the conservative evangelical movement.I can honestly think of no better "future for faith" than the above... Unless you consider the possibility of zero percent of our society growing up to be "bible-believe'n Christians".
Their alarm has been stoked by a highly suspect claim that if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be "Bible-believing Christians" as adults. That would be a sharp decline compared with 35 percent of the current generation of baby boomers, and before that, 65 percent of the World War II generation."
Faith entails believing things about reality (e.g. - the origin of the earth and mankind, what happens to you after you die and -- more importantly -- what you need to do with your life to be "worthy" of god and his rewards) and the vast majority of these beliefs are simply rubbish.
Moreover, such beliefs are harmful to civil society. To understand this we have to look no further than Islam -- which pollutes the minds of its adherents with an otherwise unimaginable amount of non-sense. We see the results of this irrationality each day in the newspaper.
Christianity is almost as ridiculous as it fosters an outright contempt for science and honest inquiry. Question the beliefs of a christian to see what I mean: ask him how he really knows that Jesus was "raised from the dead"... Ask how this "belief" squares with anything else the person knows about the universe we live in.... and how the written account of such and event can be used as conclusive proof of it's 'truth'.
Anytime a group that bases it world-view on something other than reasoned, demostrable conclusions is a group that is ready to be corrupted. E.g.- if you can believe that Adam and Eve inhabited the garden of Eden some 6000 years ago simply because some middle eastern tribesmen wrote it down -- and said "god told them to" you are part of a group that is regressing intellectually.
The world needs more "reasonableness" -- not less.