The Declining Influence of God

| 6/10/2010 11:53:45 AM


Writing for Religion Dispatches about the debate between the Christian faithful and the so-called New Atheists, Davidson Loehr suggests that the “controversy” feels stale and uninteresting. He notes that the Christian church doesn’t represent a pivotal element in many American lives anymore:

Christine Wicker, author of The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, and David T. Stone, author of The American Church in Crisis, are among the authors citing research that shows a dismal picture of American religion:

• Christian churches are losing two million people a year.

• Between just 2000-2005, church attendance declined in all fifty states.

• No matter what people may tell pollsters about their church habits, when you count the bodies in the pews, fewer than 18% of Americans attend any church regularly; 82% don’t.

• When asked to rate eleven groups in terms of respect, non-Christians rated evangelicals tenth. Only prostitutes ranked lower. After the stories of hypocritical preachers and political moralists caught with paid lovers, it might be interesting to ask the prostitutes about that ranking.

Source: Religion Dispatches 

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7/20/2010 9:27:35 AM

"non-Christians rated evangelicals tenth" What about the rating of Christians as a general category? The media loves to play up the more negative aspects of every group including the religious. Hence the mention of "evangelicals", "religious right" almost daily. What about the every day believers and their Pastors who try to do what is good and right and get guidance through their faith? We are all hypocrites to some extent, but most of us try to follow the guidance of our belief systems as we understand them.

6/14/2010 3:08:16 PM

CJ, hypocracy is not limited to Christianity although I agree there are a lot of Christians that are hypocrits.

6/14/2010 11:53:50 AM

I think people are more educated, have traveled the world more and experienced other religions. with all the Christian hypocrites out there, no wonder people are turning against organized religion. One can be spiritual and ethical without religion. Organized Christian religion is for insecure people who do not want to admit their own immortality.

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