When Kids Question Their Faith

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Most children raised in Christian homes enter a stage — often during their teen years — where they wonder if their parents' faith is right for them. After a time of questioning, some embrace that faith, making it their own. Others turn away to walk another road.

For Sean McDowell, that wondering phase came during his first year of college, when he began to wrestle with a number of questions about the truth of Christianity and the existence of God. As he struggled with these questions, he knew there was one person he needed to be honest with: his dad. But when your father is renowned Christian apologist Josh McDowell, that discussion can be a difficult one to initiate.

Thriving Family talks with the McDowell men about that conversation — and about how parents can prepare for the day when their kids reveal their own doubts. Download the interview here.


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Josh McDowell has spoken to more than 10 million people in 115 countries about the evidence for Christianity and the difference the Christian faith makes in the world. He has authored or co-authored over 100 books, with more than 51 still in print. His most recent book, with Sean McDowell, is The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith.

Sean McDowell is an educator, speaker and author or co-author of several books on apologetics and worldviews. His website, seanmcdowell.org, features his latest writings, as well as useful videos and curricula.

The second article in this download first appeared in the March/April, 2011 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Sean McDowell. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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