This will come as no surprise to readers of this blog. Religion is losing ground in America. That's not necessarily a bad thing--especially if its false religion that is on the decline.
Especially hard-hit are mainline Protestants and independent evangelical-type churches. No surprise there. Some points of interest in the survey. The number of those who profess to hold no religion doubled to 15%. People who self-consciously identify themselves as Christians has dropped 11% in a generation. Catholics are moving west (out of the Northeast--that just means Catholics like warmer weather), while Muslims make up only .06% of respondents. The latter is hard to believe, especially since there are so many Muslims in and around Orange County these days. Click here: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds - USATODAY.com
Michael Spencer (the iMonk) has offered a very interesting take on the future of evangelicalism. Spencer believes that "the loss of their political clout may impel many Evangelicals to reconsider the wisdom of trying to create a `godly society.' That doesn't mean they'll focus solely on saving souls, but the increasing concern will be how to keep secularism out of church, not stop it altogether. The integrity of the church as a countercultural movement with a message of `empire subversion' will increasingly replace a message of cultural and political entitlement." A very interesting assessment. Emergents don't fare well. Neither do those churches which built their identities on political activism. Click here: The coming evangelical collapse | csmonitor.com
One group of dissenting Anglicans--sick of the rampant theological liberalism and decay coming out of Canterbury--are considering joining Rome. The Traditional Anglican Communion has 400,000 members, is thoroughly Anglo-Catholic in emphasis, so this is no real surprise. But any merger between the TAC and Rome would set back talks between Rome and the rest of the Anglican community. The Anglicanism communion is a real mess these days. Click here: The Associated Press: Traditional Anglicans want to join Catholic Church