Tuesday, June 26, 2012
DO I NEED THE CHURCH?
Religionless Christianity: Do I need the Church if I am "spiritual"? by Tim Gray, Ph.D.
Americans have long been characterized, by people like Alexis Tocqueville, as a very religious people. However, a major cultural shift is putting this characterization in question, as more Americans see themselves as "spiritual" rather than "religious." Not only has Christianity been pushed out of the public square by secular forces hostile to faith, but within American Christianity itself there is a shrinking back from the visibility of the Church and public worship, from the non-denominational movement to the recent house Church movement, to recent reactions to the priest abuse scandals, the place of religion and Church is in question. Can one have a religionless Christianity? What do these trends forebode about the future of Christianity in America?