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July 27th, 2013
08:33 AM ET

Why millennials are leaving the church

Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN

(CNN) - At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial.

I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb.

I still remember the home phone numbers of my old high school friends, but don’t ask me to recite my husband’s without checking my contacts first.

I own mix tapes that include selections from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but I’ve never planned a trip without Travelocity.

Despite having one foot in Generation X, I tend to identify most strongly with the attitudes and the ethos of the millennial generation, and because of this, I’m often asked to speak to my fellow evangelical leaders about why millennials are leaving the church.

Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how young adults perceive evangelical Christianity to be too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

I point to research that shows young evangelicals often feel they have to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith, between science and Christianity, between compassion and holiness.

I talk about how the evangelical obsession with sex can make Christian living seem like little more than sticking to a list of rules, and how millennials long for faith communities in which they are safe asking tough questions and wrestling with doubt.

Invariably, after I’ve finished my presentation and opened the floor to questions, a pastor raises his hand and says, “So what you’re saying is we need hipper worship bands. …”

And I proceed to bang my head against the podium.

Time and again, the assumption among Christian leaders, and evangelical leaders in particular, is that the key to drawing twenty-somethings back to church is simply to make a few style updates - edgier music, more casual services, a coffee shop in the fellowship hall, a pastor who wears skinny jeans, an updated Web site that includes online giving.

But here’s the thing: Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters, and we’re not easily impressed with consumerism or performances.

In fact, I would argue that church-as-performance is just one more thing driving us away from the church, and evangelicalism in particular.

Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions - Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. - precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being “cool,” and we find that refreshingly authentic.

What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.

We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.

We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.

We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.

We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.

We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.

You can’t hand us a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there.

Like every generation before ours and every generation after, deep down, we long for Jesus.

Now these trends are obviously true not only for millennials but also for many folks from other generations. Whenever I write about this topic, I hear from forty-somethings and grandmothers, Generation Xers and retirees, who send me messages in all caps that read “ME TOO!” So I don’t want to portray the divide as wider than it is.

But I would encourage church leaders eager to win millennials back to sit down and really talk with them about what they’re looking for and what they would like to contribute to a faith community.

Their answers might surprise you.

Rachel Held Evans is the author of "Evolving in Monkey Town" and "A Year of Biblical Womanhood." She blogs at rachelheldevans.com. The views expressed in this column belong to Rachel Held Evans.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • evangelicals • Opinion

soundoff (9,864 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Maybe millennials are leaving the church because JESUS IS FAKE? Just an idea.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  2. Zachary Smith

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/really-listening-to-atheists-taking-nonbelief-seriously/278069/

    July 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  3. KatieRose

    So many of the comments on this thread seem to be engaging in the age-old "Does God exist?" question, which is actually...not what this article is about. It makes as much sense to read an article about how the feminist movement should respond to the "Lean In" philosophy and posting a rant about how women are superior/inferior to men. Related, but ultimately not relevant to the ideas within the text you've just read.

    On the whole, millenials in the church don't care about whether their friends/neighbors/coworkers are believers/non-believers/questioners. It's really not that big a deal to us. Faith is an individual calling, and whatever a person has faith in – be it God, science, humanism, nature, or some combination of the above – should be respected. This article does a good job of pointing out the changing face of religious belief in this country, and shouldn't be attacked because the author happens to hold a particular belief system. Nowhere in the article does she attack people who don't believe. Can we all be respectful of her beliefs while we're at it?

    July 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • larrylivingston

      Christians have NEVER been respectful of the beliefs of others. There's absolutely no reason to give them anything that they have never offered in return. They have ALWAYS been a hateful religion, and now that they no longer have the political power to lock us in a dungeon (or burn us at the stake), NOW they want to play nice? Naaa, I don't think we'll be doing that.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Cynthia

        Oh, really. NEVER? If you want to attack, then at least don't make it ad hominem. It's intellectually lazy at the very least.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Notso

      The article is about "Why millennials are leaving the church". So, you are saying that "Because the teachings of the church are nonsense." is not a relevant theory?

      July 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
      • KatieRose

        Of course that's a relevant theory, but she's addressing ministers who aren't doing a good job of reaching out to their congregants who do believe. And who want to be a part of a body of faith. If they don't, then they would hardly be concerned with the state of worship in their local church.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Bootyfunk

    "What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance."
    this lady, like many christians, realizes that while the bible teaches some great things about love, it also teach pretty horrible stuff. like to kill all g.ays for instance. so people like her want to distance themselves from all the evil of christianity, but keep the good parts. too bad she doesn't realize you don't need to believe in an invisible sky fairy to be a good person.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  5. SteveG

    It seems pretty obvious that the author wants a "faith" tailor-made to reflect her own beliefs and feelings. Welcome to the world of market-based religion. Ironically, the very thing she criticizes is the thing she wants most, i.e. a religion based on "appeal" and "consensus".

    July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  6. Nytfall

    Invisible friends and fairy tales are the playthings of children. It is long past time we as a society put our toys away.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  7. Tina

    CNN another promote for anti-religion///Believe in God and your article won't change my mind ///

    July 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      another? 90% of the articles are pro-christianity, so stop your crying and just scroll down the belief blog picking out all the stories that kiss christianity's @sss.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • midwest rail

      It would have helped if you'd actually read the article.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  8. dalebjohnston

    Interesting article! I particularly liked where Rachel said "we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters". I'm presuming she also believes in talking serpents, virgin births and dead people coming back alive....

    July 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      don't forget the talking donkey - just like in Shrek! and a guy lives in the belly of a fish for 3 days - just like in Pinocchio! and there unicorns, dragons and satyrs in the bible too! dr. seuss books have less mythological creatures.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      My invisible pink unicorn believes all of that; however, her BS meter broke awhile back so who really knows.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  9. Couldn't care less

    If young people want to leave in droves, then go..When you find all the answers which you seem to know inform the world of your arrival..until then to each his own...

    July 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  10. Tennessee

    I was raised a Christian in west Tennessee in the 50's, and in the 60's when my number came up in the draft, I went to the minister of my church to ask if he would support my application to be a conscientious objector and be able to teach in a school for disturbed girls instead of joining the military. He said I had an obligation to fight for my country, and when I asked him about the verses in the bible about loving your enemies, he said that although this is true, you still need to basically kill them. At that point I told him I had studied about people like him in the bible, that he was one of the hypocrites that was referenced there by Jesus, and he'd never see me in his church again. Christianity has not changed a lot since those days, at least in many parts of the country, and as long as the hypocrisy exists in the church, it is going to continue to attract people who are hypocrites, as they find safe haven there. This has been going on for at least the 2000 years of recorded Christianity, and if there is ever going to be acceptance of the church by people who are trying to live their lives consciously, people who find safe haven in the unconscious hypocrisy that the current Christian church allows to exist are going to be the people who run that church and Christianity in general. Of course there are exceptions to this, but IMHO there needs to be a bit of internal purging and housecleaning in the Christian church. I know Christians who live in a conscious way, and don't condone or support the hypocrisy of the church, and don't try to apologize for it either. They do, however, work on the housecleaning needed, and the fire and brimstone pastors are being put out to pasture. I don't know that is is ever going to make a difference, as I am sure this isn't the first time this has happened in the last 2000 years. There are a lot of people in every religion who confuse the scriptures with the law (legal law), and in mixing the two together, try to rule other people. People who live by the spirit of the scriptures, and not the rule of the scriptures, just seem to not be confused by this, and genuinely try to live a good life.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      except the scriptures tell you to kill g.ays, disobedient children and non-virgin brides. you are cherry-picking the bible, taking the good parts and pretending the bad parts don't exist. if you actually lived by the scriptures, you should be killing all non-believers as the bible commands.

      you do NOT live by the scriptures.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • Tennessee

        People who live by the spirit of the scriptures, and not the rule of the scriptures,

        July 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          oh, in other words, people who do good regardless of what the scriptures tell them?

          July 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  11. Margaret Harvey

    http://margaretannharvey.blogspot.ca/2011/11/ending-culture-war.html

    July 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      No one cares about your blog.
      F O A D

      July 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  12. juliard lamont

    Religions don't own the copyright or playbook on what it means to be kind, accepting, loving, good parents, brothers, sisters... The sooner people open their eyes to this, the sooner we can get beyond this relic of of pre-history and advance the world society as one in unity. Reading articles like this depresses me knowing how deeply rooted this centuries-old man-made fallacy is and how vigorously it is defended. Religion is a tool of oppression and division – not unification or enlightenment. It simply does more harm than good. I as a non-religous man do more for society than my blessed brethren. Atheists are not the enemy. Ironically, your enemy is other religions. RUN AWAY RUN AWAY!

    July 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  13. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    For those interested in the translations of the NT and associated scriptures:

    Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
    – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

    30-60 CE Passion Narrative
    40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
    50-60 1 Thessalonians
    50-60 Philippians
    50-60 Galatians
    50-60 1 Corinthians
    50-60 2 Corinthians
    50-60 Romans
    50-60 Philemon
    50-80 Colossians
    50-90 Signs Gospel
    50-95 Book of Hebrews
    50-120 Didache
    50-140 Gospel of Thomas
    50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
    50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
    65-80 Gospel of Mark
    70-100 Epistle of James
    70-120 Egerton Gospel
    70-160 Gospel of Peter
    70-160 Secret Mark
    70-200 Fayyum Fragment
    70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
    73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
    80-100 2 Thessalonians
    80-100 Ephesians
    80-100 Gospel of Matthew
    80-110 1 Peter
    80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
    80-130 Gospel of Luke
    80-130 Acts of the Apostles
    80-140 1 Clement
    80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
    80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
    80-250 Christian Sibyllines
    90-95 Apocalypse of John
    90-120 Gospel of John
    90-120 1 John
    90-120 2 John
    90-120 3 John
    90-120 Epistle of Jude
    93 Flavius Josephus
    100-150 1 Timothy
    100-150 2 Timothy
    100-150 T-itus
    100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
    100-150 Secret Book of James
    100-150 Preaching of Peter
    100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
    100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
    100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
    100-160 2 Peter

    For those who are not interested in reading the above references, a summary:

    The Apostles' Creed 2013: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen

    July 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      The oldest non-supernatural tales of Jesus revolve around the Merkabah son of the hairdresser Miriam who was stoned and hanged for tattooing himself. Reading the events of his trial, it's clearly fertile ground for imagination and tales of adventure and sorcery. And some of the tales make it obvious that the magic tricks of Jesus, Simon, and Judas are illusions. Even Peter insinuates that Simon is flying on a wire rig when he wrote of his death in Rome.

      July 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  14. bostontola

    I'm an atheist that has no issue with belief in god. Belief in most religions I've seen is absurd. The big Abrahamic religions are especially nuts. They are so obviously man made. I'm not saying there is no value to the philosophies and lessons in them, but in the 21st century we shouldn't regard them as truth.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • snowboarder

      agreed.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the core of the problem is that teaching there is a god is teaching ignorance.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
      • Apologetic

        I am not sure a person using the screen name Bootyfunk is the most qualified to speak on intelligence

        July 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          your name fits - you should apologize for even being here.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Jake

      If you believe that those beliefs are obviously wrong, why don't you have an issue with them? I certainly have an issue with people who teach their children that religious fairy tails are reality, resulting in a world filled with adults who base their views and politics on fantasies.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
      • bostontola

        Jake,
        I recommend a remedial reading comprehension class at a local community college.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
        • Jake

          bostontola – I recommend you focus on trying to explain your self-contradicting post before you start dishing out advice to people much smarter than you.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
        • bostontola

          Jake,
          Nothing contradictory in the post. I may be wrong about your reading comprehension skills, perhaps its your critical thinking skills.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
        • Jake

          bostontola – You're clearly wrong about a lot of things. If you want to continue to try to insult me rather than responding to my post, that's fine with me. The question remains – why are you ok with belief in god when you state that it's obviously man made? If you really focus, you just might be able to respond with something that actually addresses the question.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
        • bostontola

          Jake,
          You made the accusations first. Ok, I'll spell it out for you. I never said god was man made, I said the religions are man made. The particular god withing each religion is man made, but there may be a god, I can't know there isn't one, therefore I have no problem if someone believes in a god. Deists believe in god but that all we see is natural. The religions around the world are clearly man made and filled with factual errors. I distinguish god from religion. I personally believe there is no god, but I have no issue with those that do. Now you show me the contradiction.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
        • Jake

          See, that wasn’t so hard now was it? In my opinion, it is contradictory to say you’re an atheist, but are ok with people who believe in god. Perhaps you’re more of an agnostic if you think there is a realistic chance that there is a god. To me, if you claim to be an atheist, as I do, you believe that there is no reasonable possibility that there is a god. Sure, there may be a one in a trillion chance there is, but you don’t give that chance any real credibility and you seriously question that sanity of anyone who does. That, to me, is fundamentally connected to being an atheist and so I find it contradictory to say you’re an atheist who has no issue with people who believe in something that, as an atheist, by definition, you consider to be completely implausible.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
        • bostontola

          Jake,
          Read you last post. You tell me what I might be? You define what it is to be an atheist? You sound like the religious leaders I have an issue with. There is no contradiction in my position. If you find one, I suggest it is due to your own bias. That bias is preventing you from from objectivity.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • Jake

          Nope, I don't define it, the dictionary does. I explained the contradiction pretty clearly. If you don't get it, so be it.

          July 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
        • bostontola

          Show me the dictionary that defines an atheist as someone who has an issue with people who believe in god, then I'll concede. Otherwise you are just wrong, no contradiction.

          July 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
        • Jake

          If you're not capable of logically connecting two different points, I don't know what to tell you. Atheists believe there is enough evidence, or lack-there-of, to conclude that there is no god. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that atheists would question others, who have access to the same information, who come to a different conclusion. This isn't rocket-science. It is contradictory to believe in gravity and have no issue with those who think they can fly.

          July 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
        • bostontola

          Jake,
          You have descended to the absurd. Your analogy is fallacious. Do you think every atheist has an issue with anyone that believes in god? Then you are wrong. Proof, there are atheists that replied to this post that agreed. Therefore your position is false. You sound like some kind of orthodox atheism police. You have no authority, because there is no atheist authority. You are no different than a religious zealot.

          July 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
        • Jake

          There's nothing absurd about the analogy. You haven't explained why you have no issue with people who believe something that, if you really are an atheist, you believe to be clearly untrue. Your position simply makes no sense and you haven't even attempted to explain it. Do you also have no issue with people who believe in unicorns?

          July 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
        • bostontola

          Jake, you really do have poor critical thinking skills. Unicorns are in the same set as the gods of man's religions. They were made up by men. As I said, those are ridiculous. That doesn't mean there aren't other hard to imagine creatures somewhere in the universe, maybe more bizarre than a unicorn. Your logical skills leave much to be desired.

          July 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
        • Jake

          bostontola – You can insult me all you want, but if you use that energy to focus on addressing the holes in your position, you'd have a better chance of making a valid point. I don't need to add anything to the discussion as I've already clearly explained why your position makes no sense and you've made no progress disputing that fact.

          July 29, 2013 at 10:01 am |
        • bostontola

          Your assertion doesn't make it a fact. You clearly don't even know what a fact is. Pathetic.

          July 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • Jake

          Your complete failure to address your senseless position and insistence on continuing to try to insult me instead is what is truly pathetic.

          July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Aerin

      You're right.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  15. Jake

    "Like every generation before ours and every generation after, deep down, we long for Jesus."

    Is it even possible to be more delusional?

    July 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      exactly, speak for yourself. i long for jesus to go away and to take christianity with him. i long for my brothers and sisters of the world to put away the ignorance of religion and live in peace together.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • KatieRose

      To be fair, I think that this article concerns people who actively want to be involved in a church. There's no discussion of proselytizing; she's talking about people who belong to a faith and who still want to be. Given the context, the statement isn't delusional – it's actually a fair assumption to make about the intended audience.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • Jake

        Whoever she's referring to, it's delusional to think people in the past (before religion was made up, for example), "longed for Jesus". It's also delusional to think that people in the distant future will "long for Jesus", as if people are going to go on believing these stories forever.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
        • KatieRose

          Well, if they belong to the particular population she's addressing (i.e. people who want to belong to a church), then they will share in this belief. Likewise, there have been generations previous to this one in which people have expressed just the longing she mentions here. Just because everyone does not share in this belief doesn't mean it's not a valid one. I'm not an evangelical, but no matter how small the population of people who feel this way is, I feel that it should be respected.

          July 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
        • Jake

          I don't think it is to be respected as long as they're brain-washing children to believe things that are blatantly untrue or at a minimum, are not supported by any evidence whatsoever. It's a form of child abuse in my opinion and they don't get off the hook for abusing children just because their religion tells them it's ok.

          July 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  16. Kiku

    I think stepping out of religion is the right answer. Stepping out, we find that we have made god in our image, that the teachings of Jesus are there because they are in us first. We can have the spirituality without the religion. Other religions offer other truths, the Hindus believe that everyone finds their own path to the truth, regardless of the particular god they follow. Such a belief would help us overcome the judgmental nature that comes with having to worship only Jesus. We benefit by stepping out of religion to enjoy the spirituality that we all share of community and helping each other. To that end, arguments about religion and god tear us apart.

    July 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      "To that end, arguments about religion and god tear us apart."
      being a bit of a hypocrite, aren't you? and you're being a bit melodramatic. talking about religion doesn't tear us apart - religion does.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  17. real reality

    nothing expressed that has not been around for centuries. science and math are evil in the minds of the powers that be, and churches are full of government employees seeking salvation from their daily human rights abuses, you can be a parishioner but you really aren't if you dont fit the category of government employee or super gossiper . so long .

    July 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • hee hee

      That's an interesting point of view.

      July 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Vic

    Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

    Whenever you take your eyes off the target, you lose direction.

    As Christians, our focus shall always be Jesus Christ Himself and Faith in Him for He is our Lord and Savior who did everything on our behalf. We should not concern ourselves with something else. When the Church is about Rules & Regulations anymore, people turn away.

    Here is an example story from the Bible:

    Luke 10:38-42

    Martha and Mary

    "38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”"

    Scripture Is From:

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

    http://www.biblegateway.com/

    July 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      jesus promoted slavery. he tells christians to beat disobedient slaves "with many stripes." the entire bible promotes slavery throughout. there are rules for beating your slaves, how much to pay for them, which countries you can take slaves from, even how to sell your own daughter into slavery.

      the bible is a fairy tale, and a bad one at that. they plagiarized most of the stories from previous religions/mythologies. the jesus myth included.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        no such thing as demons. let's try having a grown-up discussion.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          that was @ Austin

          July 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • Ken78

        We are all slaves to God, or slaves to sin. Your choice.

        July 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
        • Mulehead

          Another crock from Ken....Everything doesn't revolve around a fairy tale....except Santa Clause of course....

          July 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • omeany

      Cool! Now tell us about the one with the perfect man and woman and the magic talking snake! Or, how about the one about the big boat with 2 of EVERY ANIMAL ON EARTH on it!

      July 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
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