Tuesday, March 10, 2009

interesting article

Some one told me about this article from USA Today about religion in America.  It is very interesting.  I'm curious what people's thoughts are about these findings.  Here is the link:


What do you think?

4 comments:

Matt Chewning said...

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?

Matt Chewning said...

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.

Chris Kauffman said...

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.

michaelwbryant said...

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.