Surprise! Despite all the bluster and guffawing from the unbelieving set about the growth of their religion, atheists just can’t keep unbelieving for long.
According to a new study, atheists have the lowest “retention rate” of any religious group.
According to The Christian Post, citing a study from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), “those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults.
“Only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults. This ‘retention rate’ was the lowest among the 20 separate categories in the study.
“There were 1,387 atheists (weighted) in the survey. Four-hundred thirty-two weighted respondents said they were raised atheist. Of those, 131 self-identified as atheist.
“What these findings reflect is that in the U.S. atheists are for the most part ‘made’ as adults after being raised in another faith. It appears to be much more challenging to raise one’s child as an atheist and have them maintain this identity in their life,” Dr. Mark Gray wrote at CARA’s blog.
So what should a Christian do with this information? Keep sharing your faith with those strident atheists, no matter how callous and vocal they may be.
Because they are the best of the backsliders….