The survey found, much to Ham's surprise, a "Sunday School syndrome," indicating children who faithfully attend Bible classes in their church over the years actually are more likely to question the authority of Scripture."This is a brutal wake-up call for the church, showing how our programs and our approaches to Christian education are failing dismally," Ham writes in the book.Among the survey findings, regular participants in Sunday School are more likely to:
- Leave the church
- Believe that the Bible is less true
- Defend the legality of abortion and same-sex marriage
- Defend premarital sex
Very interesting indeed. In other words, the problems are not rising up from college, but from the upbringing of the kids as youth. His conclusion is completely off, in my opinion.
The book explores a number of reasons for the findings, but Ham sees one overarching problem that is related to how churches and parents have taught youth to understand the Genesis account of creation.The article then goes on to explain that the problem is that kids don't understand a "biblical" account of creation well enough to defend it against the evolutionary idea of creation, which then undermines the Bibles authority in the young minds.
This is not good theology or Biblical study. The initial study is probably fine (although I am not a stat guy, so I wouldn't know any way), but the conclusions are off-the-wall bad. The problem is not in evolution vs. the Bible. The problem is in how we parent our kids and don't give them a solid basis in truly understanding who they are, who God is, what their purpose is, and the freedom to ask questions and then help them seek the answers.