Already Gone (Paperback)
By Ken Ham and Britt Beemer
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Research shows that an alarming number of young adults are leaving church in middle school and high school. Over 60 percent of children who grow up in the church will leave it as young adults. Why is there a massive exodus at such a young age? Ken Ham and Brit Beemer have done the research and found the answer.
Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the acclaimed new Creation Museum, and Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, surveyed 1,000 young adults who have left churches and found both their reasons for leaving and a surprising source for this exodus.
The book states that there are two groups in these young people: one that never attends church and does not plan to attend, and one that attends only on holidays and may attend once they have children. The first group is skeptical of biblical authority, and the second is disillusioned with the church in general.
Their research concludes that “Sunday school syndrome” is contributing to the epidemic rather than helping alleviate it. Sunday school tends to focus on inspiration and morality of Bible stories, rather than how to defend the authority of the Bible. The “Bible stories” told in Sunday school are separated from “hard facts.” As a result, children will turn to school books for facts and answers, instead of the Bible. "Already Gone" argues that if a child is unable to defend the historicity and fact of Genesis, then he or she will quickly be disillusioned with the church. “Ultimately, if we are unable to defend Genesis, we have allowed the enemy to attack our Christian faith and undermine the very first book of the Bible,” the book says.
T.A. McMahon, executive director of The Berean Call, believes the failure to keep evangelical youth interested in and excited about the Bible is a consequence of abandoning teaching them in favor of trying to entertain them. "Already Gone" shows how simply trying to entertain children with nice music and fun programs does not give a solid foundation for young Christians. What people need is good, sound teaching of the Bible.
This bestseller provides valid research on the issue, calls for a revolution in the church and shows how to fight back to protect our families and churches.
Christian Book Notes
“What do you mean, ‘Already Gone?’ As a children’s pastor and former youth-pastor, I was afraid that I was going to be indicted somehow in the problem. I was partially correct. …
“They argue that the problem is rooted in our Sunday School System; however, it is not Sunday School itself. The numbers actually point to the children already questioning their faith by the fifth grade. In other words, they are ‘already gone’ by the time they reach high school. Ultimately, our problem is not with the Sunday School system, which is a fairly new concept within Christianity (mid 1800′s). No, the main thrust of the problem began in about 1859 with the publication of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species.’
“Crunching all of the numbers from their survey, Beemer and Ham explain how this undermining of the creation account in Genesis has led to the issue we now face of our children leaving the church in droves. The solution, they argue, is that we must teach apologetics in the Sunday School room, from the pulpit, in discipleship classes, and in evangelism training. With the advent of secular science taking over to explain our origins, we have been taught to believe that we learn facts in the class room and faith in the church. What is more, the class room shows that you can touch facts through scientific experiment which is all fine and good until they begin talking about matters of origins where you cannot test the hypothesis. It is at this point where the students just trust that the professor or teacher knows what he or she is talking about because they deal with facts all the time. …
“If you think I am being too much of an alarmist, I dare you to pick up this book and read what the authors have to say. Crunch the numbers for yourself (the results of the survey are included in the book) and see where they lead you.
“If you are in a teaching position of any kind in your local church, I exhort you to read this book. This book ought to be on the desk of every pastor of every local congregation. It is not like Ham and Beemer are the only ones questioning what is wrong–surveys and papers and blog posts abound regarding the steady decline in church membership. “Already Gone” actually offers a sensible solution to an egregious problem. Pick up a copy today.” – Terry Delaney
About the Author
Since moving to America in 1987, Australian science teacher and biblical apologist Ken Ham has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. Ham is founder and president of Answers in Genesis-U.S., creator of the highly acclaimed Creation Museum (with over 1.5 million visitors in four years) and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark.
Ham has appeared on “CBS News: Sunday Morning,” “The NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams, “The PBS News Hour” with Jim Lehrer, Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Fox and Friends in the Morning,” CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Good Morning America and the BBC. He has authored and co-authored many books on creation science, including “How Do We Know the Bible Is True?” “Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It” and, for the little ones, “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?”
He and his wife Mally reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group/Master Books (May 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890515298
- ISBN-13: 978-0890515297
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
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