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Nancy Pearcey: How to Respond to Doubt

The most effective way to prevent teens from leaving the faith is to openly discuss the reasons they want to.

"Critical thinking?" the radio host burst out. "Most people on the conservative Christian Right would say that's one of the biggest dangers we have—this 'nonsensical' idea of critical thinking."

I was talking with the arch-liberal Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He had invited me on his radio program "Culture Shocks" to talk about my newly published Saving Leonardo. Yet when I explained that the book dissects secular worldviews to help people develop critical thinking, Lynn seemed incredulous. Conservative Christians discourage any questioning of their faith, he asserted.

He was painting with a broad brush, but admittedly there is some basis for such a negative stereotype. In fact, it has become one of the main reasons young people are leaving the church.

Drew Dyck, in a recent Christianity Today article, "The Leavers," reports that when talking to someone who has left the faith (or is thinking about it), Christians rarely engage ...

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