Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity - Larry Alex Taunton - The Atlantic
Jason Belich stashed this in lost souls
Stashed in: Atheists
"Most of our participants had not chosen their worldview from ideologically neutral positions at all, but in reaction to Christianity. Not Islam. Not Buddhism. Christianity."
"Slowly, a composite sketch of American college-aged atheists began to emerge and it would challenge all that we thought we knew about this demographic. Here is what we learned:
They had attended church
The mission and message of their churches was vague
They felt their churches offered superficial answers to life's difficult questions
They expressed their respect for those ministers who took the Bible seriously
Ages 14-17 were decisive
The decision to embrace unbelief was often an emotional one
The internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism"
I wish I had time (and writing skill, lol) to write books on this topic...