A new poll shows a significant rise of atheism in America. The
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that nearly 20 percent
of those surveyed said they are atheist or agnostic.
Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian apologist, author, speaker and
director for Christian worldview and apologetics at North
Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina, seeks to
counter this trend with his latest book, 10 Answers for
Atheists: How to Have an Intelligent Discussion About the Existence
McFarland attributes some of the increase in atheism to a lack
of focus in many of the nation's churches.
"There's been the high-profile, very
vocal, very visible religious right, but some of the basics of
Christianity in the 350,000 churches have been kind of dropping
off," he remarks.
"There is what you call the greying of the American church. But
then you've got these two things that have kind of intersected: the
rise of secularism and the retreat of evangelicalism."
McFarland notes that a hundred years ago, 96 percent of
Americans were Protestant -- but today that number is at 49 percent
"From 1968 to 1975 there was a great awakening happening," he
tells OneNewsNow. "Many souls got saved, but they came with their
long hair -- these were the Woodstock generation -- and the
mainstream American church said, 'No thank you.' And we missed
"Let me tell you, America of 2012 would look vastly different if
the church in America had embraced the Jesus movement."
In his new book, he said he tries to show readers how they too
can successfully engage with atheists and other non-believers to
defend historic Christian faith that is alive and vibrant
"Though I might vigorously defend Christianity to non-believers
I meet, I try not to just cite theology that they wouldn't believe
in anyway," he explains.
McFarland co-hosts the daily live radio program "Exploring the Word" on the American Family
Radio Network. For more information on him, visit www.alexmcfarland.com, or go to www.project2026.com to learn about his latest