Chris, Very interesting article. Actually, it seems to have a negative flair to it but then when you scroll to the end, it seems that Christianity, although down some, is still very strong. I added about 170 million Americans who claim to be on some level, a follower of Christ (Catholic /Christian). That is well above 50% of Americans. I would not be surprised if the numbers continue to decrease. However, I don't think the numbers will decrease because the Holy Spirit stops saving people; but instead our culture is learning to be more honest about their faith.That just means that we have less confused people. Thats a good thing. What do you think?
I dropped your name in my last blog. Thanks for sharing Christ with me in college. God has used you in my life in a mighty way.
Yeah, I agree Matt. I was told about this article in a negative "the world is coming to an end" tone. When I looked it up and read it, I didn't get that feeling at all. I don't think its a disconnect with God but rather a disconnect from religious baggage. I think that God is moving in an underground way that none of us can really wrap our minds around or grasp right now.
I didn't read the entire article, but I got the basic perspective. I am not surprised at their findings. I think different factors are at work. One being what you mentioned Chris (actually two), that people are dropping "religious baggage" and God is yet moving in an "underground way." I agree.Additionally, as far as Christianity goes - we know what the scriptures have foretold about falling away and people being lovers of themselves and desires instead of God.Also, we are in such a diverse place now. There are so many competing world views - so many religions, "isms", groups, etc...all competing for the life and soul of any who will follow. Then there is the major universal theme going too- ya know, all religions lead to the same place, etc. Considering all of these factors, I am not surprised that the percentages of devoted followers within the various groups seem to fluctuate. I am sure it will continue.
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