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Atheists and skeptics now have as much access to our children as we have, says bestselling author Josh McDowell.

“What has changed everything?” asked McDowell as he spoke at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening.

“The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have… whether you like it or not,” said McDowell, author of scores of Christian books, including the bestselling More than a Carpenter and New Evidence that Demands Verdict.

Our children’s beliefs and their worldview, McDowell said, form values, which in turn drive their behavior.

Their perspective of the world, he said, “is where we are falling down.”

What is it today?

“There is no truth apart from myself,” said McDowell. This removes authorities from young Americans’ perspective. They lack a moral compass since the only thing driving them is their own feelings.

This makes them easy victims for emotional appeals.

In 1994, an alarming 62 percent of evangelical Christians did not believe in absolute truth. In 1999, it jumped to 78 percent.

“You know what it is now?” asked McDowell. “One of the most staggering statistics in history of the church… 91 percent said there is no absolute truth apart from myself.”

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