Church attendance up for atheists, down for Christians

While fewer Americans and Europeans are attending church regularly, more non-believers, including atheists, are showing up for services, according to a cold-case detective who has been investigating the weird trend. The detective, J. Warner Wallace, who is also a senior fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the author of “Cold-Case Christianity,” says fewer Americans claim Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who don’t are the fastest growing group in the country. Wallace says he has been collecting data on this trend for more than 10 years. Perhaps the most surprising trend he has spotted is the one that has Christians leaving churches and atheists starting them. “‘Atheist churches’ have been formed across the country,” he says, apparently aiming to offer some features of a religious congregation (fellowship, collective enjoyment, a stimulus to moral behavior). These congregations often meet on Sundays and some “include ‘Sunday School,’ where children go while parents attend ‘services.’”