John Loftus normally isn’t good for much, but his recent survey of Skeptical/apostate readers asking about things that caused them to doubt their faith does send a loud and clear message that apologetics is far too neglected in the church today.
Nearly 1000 readers responded to the poll. They were allowed to choose more than one option. Of the 15 tangible options listed (there is a 16th category for “other”), only one ("never believed in the first place") does not have to do with an issue addressed by apologetics.
Of those 15 remaining options, three are outside my scope of expertise – but those that are within my scope admit to very simple solutions in general. It was particularly interesting that 161 respondents (16%) cited, “Doubts About the Existence of Jesus”. It was also interesting to me that 105 (11%) cited, “Jesus Did Not Come Back as Promised” and 243 (25%) cited “Sinners go to Hell”. My own answers to these, of course (preterism, hell as shame) are not of the ordinary type, and I have felt that they improve on the standard answers.
Admittedly, we didn’t need Loftus’ poll – we already knew all of this, but many pastors and teachers have not wanted to admit it. Their idea is that establishing emotional ties to Christian faith is the way to go. Clearly, that’s going to do the job for many people.