Abandoning Christianity: The young adults who are moving on

Young Christians are turning their backs on religion and finding different ways to practice values that they consider unchained from faith. But what is it that’s making them decide to move on?

Weltjugendtrag 2013 Rio de Janeiro Papst FranziskusYoung people attend the welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis on World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro 2013. Unlike young believers in South America, young people in other regions are not as convinced of the Christian religion anymore.

Julia decided she didn’t want to be Christian anymore – after seeing what religion and the Church did to the attitudes of those around her, she decided she did not want to be part of it.

“It’s touching when I see my own grandmother, who is strictly religious, in church – she sings and really embraces the spirit of ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’,” she says. “But as soon as she steps out of the church, her intolerance in regard to homosexuals, girls who are not wearing enough, my ex-boyfriend and his different religion or people with another skin color, it knows no limits.” Continue reading

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How we’re keeping the faith

“I am Christian, but…” is what many young Christians tend to say. We’ve spoken to three of them about their faith, values and the difficulties they have with the Church.

Young people lighting candles (Photo: Maja Hitij/dapd)

If Julia (25) wasn’t already a member of the Protestant Church she’d become one – even if it was only for one reason…

Are you a Christian?

Yes. I grew up in a Christian family and we celebrate Christmas. I do pray now and again, especially if I need some kind of support. And I do believe in the Ten Commandments and abide them. But it’s not like I don’t eat meat on Fridays, or rest on Sundays.

So if someone asks me what my religion is, I say: I’m a Christian, of course. But I don’t go to church. Continue reading