Gen Z and the Need for Apologetics


(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Hi friends,

You may be interested in this study, focused on GenZ in the US context, from Barna:
https://www.barna.com/research/atheism-doubles-among-generation-z/

Some interesting quotes:

Enter Generation Z: Born between 1999 and 2015, they are the first truly “post-Christian” generation. More than any other generation before them, Gen Z does not assert a religious identity. They might be drawn to things spiritual, but with a vastly different starting point from previous generations, many of whom received a basic education on the Bible and Christianity. And it shows: The percentage of Gen Z that identifies as atheist is double that of the U.S. adult population…

So what has led to this precipitous falling off? Barna asked non-Christians of all ages about their biggest barriers to faith…
Teens, along with young adults, are more likely than older Americans to say the problem of evil and suffering is a deal breaker for them. It appears that today’s youth, like so many throughout history, struggle to find a compelling argument for the existence of both evil and a good and loving God…
Interestingly, Gen Z nonbelievers appear less likely than non-Christian adults to cite Christians’ hypocrisy as a significant barrier—but just as likely to say they have personally had a bad experience with Christians or a church. On a separate but related question, teens overall are somewhat less inclined than U.S. adults to strongly agree that “religious people are judgmental” (17% vs. 24% all adults)…
For many teens, truth seems relative at best and, at worst, altogether unknowable…For a considerable minority of teens, sincerely believing something makes it true…
Nearly half of teens, on par with Millennials, say “I need factual evidence to support my beliefs” (46%)—which helps to explain their uneasiness with the relationship between science and the Bible. Significantly fewer teens and young adults (28% and 25%) than Gen X and Boomers (36% and 45%) see the two as complementary…
Half of churchgoing teens say “the church seems to reject much of what science tells us about the world” (49%) and one-third that “the church is overprotective of teenagers” (38%) or “the people at church are hypocritical” (36%). Further, one-quarter claims “the church is not a safe place to express doubts” (27%) or that the teaching they are exposed to is “rather shallow” (24%).


(Dave Kenny) #2

extremely useful. Thanks Carson


(Jeff Thornton) #3

Thanks for the post! So thankful for what RZIM is doing to help so many people put Christianity in it’s proper context. “HELPING THE THINKER BELIEVE. HELPING THE BELIEVER THINK.”