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Drifting Away

Drift"If you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?"  C.S. Lewis said that in England during the 1940s.
If anything, it seems to me even more applicable to the West today. How many people don't actively reject their faith (on intellectual grounds or others), but just gradually wander off? They get distracted. They stop nurturing their faith through regular worship, much less study.

They may start mixing in bits and pieces (or large chunks) of other "spiritualities" they've run across, or they may just not think much about spiritual matters at all. They may think of themselves as Christians for a while. But somewhere along the line, they loose what they once beleived in.

That's how it often happens. "That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life," Lewis said. "We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this [Christian] belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed."

Drifting away from the faith: Has it happened — or is it happening — to anyone you know? 

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