Those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults, according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
Only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults. This “retention rate” was the lowest among the 20 separate categories in the study.
Gray also noted that, “of those raised as atheists, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant denomination, 10% are Catholic, 2% are Jewish, 1% are Mormon, and 1% are Pagan.”
Okay that’s gotta hurt.
You’re a young Gnu buck making the rounds at atheist conventions, looking for a mate. After having to successfully overcome three accusations of sexual harassment, you finally find one that’s into late night coffee. You have a baby (whether you marry or not depends on how much she is into gaming). You teach your little gnu there is no God, there was no historical Jesus, and have him read all of Dawkins’ books. You’ll teach him how to be spiritual as an atheist and even buy him a t-shirt with a red A on it. Then, after all that, there’s only a 30% chance he’ll stay a Gnu. There’s a 45% chance he’ll thump the Bible, worship the Cracker, or go from gnu to woo. Worse yet, there’s a 25% chance he’ll become an eevil accomodationist and begin to read books by Michael Ruse!