August 18th, 2013
07:49 PM ET

Debating why millenials are leaving the church

(CNN)–Rachel Evans and Hemant Mehta joined CNN's Brianna Keilar and Martin Savidge to speak about millenials losing their religion.

They were debating Evan's piece from the Belief Blog looking at why millenials are leaving the church and Mehta's response suggesting millenials are leaving the church to try atheism.

Tell us what you think.  Join the conversation in the comments.

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  1. Reckless

    If you want to know why millenials are leaving the church, go read the The Gospel According to Thomas and realize what a mockery the church has become.

    September 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  2. Lloyd

    Not only that, but there are numerous connections of the Vatican to the Mafia and to arms trading. It seems when people experience holey righteousness corruption occurs and absolute belief in righteousness creates absolute corruption.

    September 7, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  3. gahh

    Many people are leaving the churches because, they're tired of seeing their money not going, where it was intended, which was to help the poor. As Joyce Meier put it, I don't apologize for driving a Cadillac. I myself still believe in God, but I stopped going to church, when they wanted my bank account number, and no matter how much money they had, it was never enough. Church is nothing but a pack of fast talkers, looking for suckers!

    September 7, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • Lloyd

      Not only that, but there are numerous connections of the Vatican to the Mafia and to arms trading. It seems when people experience holey righteousness corruption occurs and absolute belief in righteousness creates absolute corruption.

      September 7, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  4. Will

    I never even heard of creationism, the fundamentalist belief that they have scientific evidence for a very young earth, that evolution is bad science and which attacks many tenets of established science until I went to graduate school to obtain a degree in geology.
    Even then, I didn't see it again for 25 years until, getting to Texas, I started noticing it in reports about the State Board of Education.
    If I had one idea about what's wrong with Christianity today is that the even moderately well educated recognize the hypocrisy and fraud common to fundy churches on science, gay rights, climate change , womens rights and a host of other issues.
    The reactionary behavior of so many adult Christians is simply driving young people away. The message of Christ is totally lost in conservative dogma in many of America's(but not all) Churches.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  5. hharri

    out of his unfathomable love

    the price god had to pay,

    watching his son die a slow agonizing death


    and every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.

    for you and me

    September 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Lloyd

      Sounds like a plot for a "B" rated movie.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  6. Tima


    September 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  7. Silver Fang

    The problem is popular Christianity is so unlike the message of love for God, neighbor and enemy that Christ Himself commanded that it discredits the whole faith. Those who truly know the message of Christ need to stand up and point out the discrepancies.

    September 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Lloyd

      And start another religion? Don't we have too many religious wars already?

      September 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  8. lee

    The fact that there is no good reason to believe anything they say probably has something to do with the exodus. – A millenial former catholic.

    August 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  9. Steven CaboWabo

    There has been a really sharp decline in the number of people that the earth is the center of the universe, and the sun revolves around the earth. Wonder why.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • lee

      My thoughts exactly

      August 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  10. Leigh Anne

    Why are people leaving the church?? Because it is no longer relevant to life as we know it. Educated individuals don't need theologians prancing around telling them how to see and believe about God.....they are MORE than capable of making that discernment themselves. So, religion based on mere theology is pretty worthless to them. try doing something useful like real charity work of feeding the poor, healing the sick, and taking on hypocritical religious leaders. Do some good in the world.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  11. utalkintome

    the internet: where religions go to die

    August 27, 2013 at 4:16 am |
  12. mzh


    112:1 – Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,
    112:2 – Allah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks).
    112:3 – He begets not, nor was He begotten;
    112:4 – And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.
    20:8 – Allah! La ilahla illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names.

    3:85 – Say, "We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him."

    2:285 – The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], "We make no distinction between any of His messengers." And they say, "We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination."

    2:256 – There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.

    August 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
    • Kate

      mzh, you've already been caught out in your lies. No, you won't get away this time with ignoring the explicit directives of the Quran for you to murder infidels, and to do other violent acts:

      It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land. – 8:67

      Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191

      Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God's entirely. – Sura 2:193 and 8:39

      Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – 2:216
      (different translation: ) Prescribed for you is fighting, though it is hateful to you.

      ..... martyrs.... Enter heaven – Surah 3:140-43

      But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever you find them. – 4:89

      O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. – 5:54

      Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme – 8:39

      O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there are 20 steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish 200; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding. – 8:65

      Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers. – 9:2-3

      When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. – 9:5

      Fight those who believe neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by God and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the tribute and have been humbled. – 9:29 (another source: ) The unbelievers are impure and their abode is hell. (another source: ) Humiliate the non-Muslims to such an extent that they surrender and pay tribute.

      mzh, you are a lying, deceptive con artist. Be gone!

      August 29, 2013 at 12:14 am |
      • Jerome Haltom

        Seems reasonable he could just come back and state something like "those don't actually apply to us", which seems a similar argument to that used by Christians regarding the more unsavory directives in the Old Testament .

        August 29, 2013 at 1:33 am |
      • Observer

        It's amazing how close the commands are in the Quran and the Bible. Similar mindsets.

        August 29, 2013 at 1:37 am |
      • mzh

        There is an explanation for these verses and mankind do not want to learn but to be in dark by their own choices... its very unfortunate....

        August 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
      • mzh

        After few accepted Islam among the Mekkans, they were being punished or tourtured and even some of them tourtured to death... but Muslims were told by prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be patient and not to say anything in reply... so Muslim did not engage in fight with the Mekkans Idol worshppers... unless these verses were revealed...

        August 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • awabnavi

        "Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191"? - Why have you left out the PRECEDING VERSE? Don't like it? Or are you IGNORANT about it. Here I will quote it for you to EDUCATE YOU. -


        The KEY WORDS are "BEGIN NOT HOSTILITIES" and "Allah loveth not, aggressors".

        Every other verse on fighting and killing is SUBJECT to this particular verse.

        Have you considered these verses too? -

        AND SLAY THEM WHEREVER YE FIND THEM, AND DRIVE THEM OUT OF THE PLACES WHENCE THEY DROVE YOU OUT, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers 2:191


        O ye who believe! WHEN YE GO FORTH (TO FIGHT) IN THE WAY OF ALLAH, BE CAREFUL TO DISCRIMINATE, AND SAY NOT UNTO ONE WHO OFFERETH YOU PEACE: "THOU ARE NOT A BELIEVER;" seeking the chance profits of this life (so that ye may despoil him).

        AND IF THEY INCLINE TO PEACE, INCLINE THOU ALSO TO IT, and trust in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower. 8:61

        The "Holy" Bible commands its followers (Christians & Jews) to kill EVERY MAN, WOMAN and CHILD of EVERY CITY they took. Can you find as SIMILAR HORRIBLE GENOCIDAL verse in the Quran? If so quote it.

        September 2, 2013 at 8:03 am |
  13. Just Call Me Lucifer

    Why are millenials leaving the church? Because christianity is bullshyte, just like every other religion. I should know, I happen to be a main character in one.

    August 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
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