Christianity, Culture, and Adolescence

The NY Times reports today that evangelical teenagers are "abandoning the faith in droves." Interestingly, evangelical youth leader and founder of "Teen Mania" Ron Luce believes the answer lies in working harder or using better methods. Says Luce, "We’ve been working as hard as we know how to work — everyone in youth ministry is working hard — but we’re losing.”

I've not read any studies about the number of professing evangelical teenagers, but based on antecdotal evidence I can see why some are concerned. The question is, why? Why the decline?

To answer that question, I pose another: What has changed? The Times reports that the WWII generation boasted 65% evangelical Christianity. That declined to 35% of baby boomers who claimed that title, and the Times projects that only 4% of the next generation will do so. So, what has changed?

We know that the Gospel has NOT changed.

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