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Losing Our Kids to Secularism

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Imagine for a moment that a school in your neighborhood organizes a field trip for one hundred of its students to a nearby zoo and that during this trip a number of large animals escape and end up trampling sixty children. Not only would this become a national news story, but more importantly, it would be a personal tragedy for many of the families in your community. No doubt there would be countless investigations on how such a thing could have happened, and the zoo would likely be temporarily, if not permanently, shut down. As horrific as all this sounds, there is something worse happening in our own churches, and few are sounding the alarm.

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1 [ Back ] See, for example, David Kinnaman, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...And Rethinking Faith (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011).
2 [ Back ] See Christian Smith and Melinda L. Denton, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
3 [ Back ] Harry Blamires, The Secularist Heresy: The Erosion of the Gospel in the Twentieth Century (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1980), 2-3.
4 [ Back ] Blamires, 65.
5 [ Back ] Blamires, 67-68.

Shane Rosenthal is executive producer of The White Horse Inn national radio broadcast which can be heard online at

Issue: "Secularizing Religion" Sept./Oct. 2013 Vol. 22 No. 5 Page number(s): 42-45

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