Declining Christian Influence Redux
More on the recent Pew study that showed, again, that Christianity is declining in America. The first piece is by Rod Dreher at his alarmist best. I’m not convinced that “The crisis is here. The crisis is now,” because it’s been here and now for some time. Dreher nonetheless does a good job of pulling out the stats that show the depth of the continuing decline. And despite the self-serving nature of his post—at the end he tells people to read his The Benedict Option), I nonetheless encourage GR readers to read his book.
The second piece is a blast from the past. (By the way, last week I failed to tell GR readers that the piece Against Innovation was also a blast from the past, thus all the references to President Obama). This one is from 2002, written by the preeminent sociologist of his day, Robert Bellah. He argued that American culture has a fundamentally Protestant structure, and that to lose this would be a disaster:
On the Other Hand…
It’s easy to find evidence of declining Christian moral sensibilities in America, so it’s delightfully surprising when we see a turn in the other direction: “More of Us Say No to Abortion. Why?”
First Church of Disney
By that, I don’t mean that Disney World shares features of religion. It may; but that’s not what interests me. What does is another example of something evangelical Christians do better than anyone else IMHO: find a spiritual need and figure out a way for Christian faith to fill it. In this case, it’s about a ministry of the Evangelical Free Church starting a congregation just for Disney World employees. Given my theology of church, there is something very wrong about this. Given my desire that all may come to know the saving grace of Jesus, there is something very right about it.
At any rate, my colleague at CT, Ted Olsen, has given us a wonderful glimpse into such ministries.
The Size of the Universe
I’m still in a fascination-with-size phase. This video shows not just the solar system or the quantum world, but the whole universe. Well, at least The Known Universe. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) is, well, an understatement.
Grace and peace,
Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today