Why Are They Leaving?

By Ken Ham and Avery Foley on September 8, 2016

In 2009, I co-authored a book entitled Already Gone. This book was based on research that we commissioned from America’s Research Group. Through this research we were attempting to answer the question of why two thirds of young people are leaving the church when they go to college. What’s happening?

If we can doubt and reinterpret Genesis, where do we stop doubting and reinterpreting?

Well, our research revealed that, as early as even elementary and middle school, young people have doubts and questions about the Bible that are going unanswered. Research shows that many of these questions are related to Genesis and scientific issues such as evolution, long ages (millions of years), dinosaurs, and Noah’s Ark. These young people are not getting solid answers from church leaders and parents but, sadly, are often told they can believe in the big bang, millions of years, and evolution; they’re then admonished to reinterpret or ignore Genesis while being told to “trust in Jesus!” These young people recognize the inconsistency of reinterpreting the first book of the Bible and yet being expected to trust the other books that talk about Christ. If we can doubt and reinterpret Genesis, where do we stop doubting and reinterpreting?

For the remainder of this article follow this link: https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/pew-research-why-young-people-leaving-christianity/

For a video presentation on Genesis concerning the young earth versus old earth controversy go to this link: https://youtu.be/qOMx9FuULJg.

For a more extensive explanation of how the old earth, with and without creationism, got started and the early defense of creation according to God’s word all developed go to this link, https://answersingenesis.org/media/video/age-of-the-earth/origin-old-earth-geology/

LCMS paper on Creation. Paste this link in your browser for a pdf document, https://www.lcms.org/document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=1103

Contributed Papers

1. Course work papers contributed by layman Richard Rothermel from class on creation at Martin Luther College (WELS Teacher’s College)

Practical Creation Apologetics – Applications for a Ministry Setting, click here.

Creation and Flood Apologetics are Inseparable, click here.

Assumptions of Evolution, click here.

2.The Clarity of Scripture and the Order of Creation, a paper written by Rev. Christian A. Preus for the 2017 ACELC Conference. This 3-part paper deals with the proper interpretation of Scripture as it relates to Creation and the roles of man and woman. For a complete copy of this paper click here.