Is Generation Z the first "post-Christian generation"? Well, I certainly hope so (I'm jealous you Gen Z-ers!).
But whether or not they are, the growth of atheists, agnostics, and other non-religious identifications among the demographic known as "Generation Z" (those born between 1999 and 2015) seems to be causing some panic among Christians.
It warms my cold, atheist heart.
The Christian Broadcasting Network, which I just referenced recently after Pat Robertson's stroke, has shared the ominous warning that something must be done to reach out to all the heathen children among Generation Z.
The Christian Post sounded the alarm that new strategies need to be brought to the table so that teen evangelists can "engage not enrage." Ugh, that one was painful.
CBN and the Christian Post both covered Greg Stier, the founder of Dare 2 Share, a group that provides resources for young evangelists to go out and spread the gospel. Because that is what today's kids need, more brainwashing and proselytizing.
All of this panic among Christians comes after the Barna Group released the results of a study that found that the rate of atheism among Generation Z was double that of the adult population in the United States. Barna Group is a Christian research group based in California.
So what can we take away from all this? Well, despite the best efforts of Christians over the years to stymie education and brainwash the young, it seems that the truth is slowly winning out with the younger generation. Hopefully this trend will continue and as time goes by we will see fewer and fewer Christians holding us all back with their Iron Age superstitions and delusional faith claims.