Bestseller Already!

June 1, 2009

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published by Master Books.]

Our new book, Already Gone, has already hit the bestsellers list on AiG’s website. We are now starting to receive feedback, reviews, etc. on this book, which we believe will shock and challenge the church. We call for a “revolution” in the church (akin to a new Reformation). is one of the first Christian news websites to report on this new book. Their report states:

“A new book, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It, co-authored by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, reaffirms past surveys that have shown most children who grow up in the church will leave it as they become young adults. But it also indicates that such disenchantment with the church often begins at an early age.

“Ham and researcher Britt Beemer surveyed 1,000 young adults who have left churches and found that Christian churches are “losing many more people by middle school and many more by high school than [they] will ever lose in college.”

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.

“I think it’s the result for the most part of the consumer, seeker-friendly approach to church growth, which I believe has really done more to wean the church off the Bible than any trend in this century and the last one,” he contends. He agrees with the survey’s conclusion that “on the whole, the Sunday school programs of today are statistical failures.”

You can read the entire report at:


2 Responses to “Bestseller Already!”

  1. Kevin N Says:

    I agree that the seeker/entertainment mentality is part of what drives our youth away from the church. Certainly another significant problem is that our youth are often given a faulty apologetics foundation.

    Our more scientifically-minded youth often get to college and have a crisis of faith. They are told that the Bible absolutely requires them to believe that the Earth was created in about 4000 BC, and when they see that it just isn’t so, they throw out their Christian faith along with their AiG, ICR, and Dr. Dino DVDs. This is a tragedy caused not by the wicked evolutionists, but by bad apologetics within the church.

    With respect.

  2. Thank you, Kevin. The “faulty apologetics foundation” you mention is definitely a major contributor to children leaving their faith and their church.

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