March 22, 2007

Outlearning Faith

I read a statistic yesterday that said that "roughly 50% of students walk away from their faith in God during college." Now, this is obviously a very loaded statistic, what does faith mean? what does walking away mean?

But, the easy conclusion that you could come to from this statistic is that once people became properly educated, they dismiss the childish superstitions of their youth. They're too smart for faith in what they can not see anymore.

But, for those of us who are confident in the existence of God, this is even more of a perplexing statistic, and makes us question the value of a college curriculum that closes the eyes to the things not of this world.


Anonymous said...

curriculum, maybe...Parents not forcing you to go to church anymore,yes... I doubt the faith of high schoolers who are forced into religion. And therefore they are not walking away from their faith because there never was any faith. But how objective could statisticizers be?

Eric Olsen said...

yes, good point, perhaps the statistic merely refers to those who stopped fegularly attending a church service that they were forced into by their parents when living under their roof?

Anonymous said...

Does the study say how many go back later on?

I think it might have something to do with being on your own for the first time in a place where ideally you are surrounded by ideas. How many people did you know in college who flopped back and forth between different world views throughout their college years? Maybe it's just a part of the process of testing their faith for some people. I guess the key thing would be if, at the end of that process of learning and growing, they come back.

Eric Olsen said...

the study did not say, and that's also a good point, steve.

perhaps they come back stronger actually BELIEVING what they once merely accepted.

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