Why Are They Walking Away?

Believe it or not, “none” is the fastest-growing religious identification among millennials.

Sad, but true. But the question is “Why?”

Religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland ( explores this question in his new book, “Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home,” co-authored with apologist and evangelist Jason Jimenez.

“Over decades in ministry, I have spoken to tens of thousands of young people, and have talked to them about their doubts, insecurities and disillusions with religion,” McFarland said. “There are many reasons why young people may walk away from the church—mistrust, skepticism, rebellion, pressure or just turning from what they might see as the status quo of organized religion. But I would venture to say that many walk away because they are faced with situations where they are either asked or demanded to defend their beliefs, and they just don’t know how.”

Millennials now out-number Baby Boomers as the world’s largest generation. And they have surpassed Generation Xers as the most significant portion of the workforce. Spurred by these numbers, McFarland and Jimenez interview top Christian leaders who work with millennials and families. Their research and conversations shed new light on what Christian parents must do to reach their young adult children.

“Abandoned Faith” was officially released on March 1 (in stores March 7) by Tyndale Publishing and Focus on the Family. It is available to order at

To book Dr. Alex McFarland for interviews, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104,, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.

Rev. Alex McFarland is heard daily on the American Family Radio network and weekly on The Alex McFarland Show (podcast and YouTube channels). He directs Biblical Worldview for Charis Bible College, located in Colorado. Alex speaks frequently throughout the U.S. For more information go to

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