A new Pew survey shows the number of Americans identifying as Christians declining from 78% to 70% since 2007. The religiously unaffiliated have increased from 15 to almost 23%. Non-Christian religionists have increased from about 5 to 6%.
Secularists and their fellow travelers are ecstatic. The secular utopia about which John Lennon crooned is impending. Christianity is finally dying! Some Christians who relish doom are bracing for collapse and the End Times. Other Christians more thoughtfully point out the survey reflects self-identification, not practice.
Some surveys show church attendance steady across decades, as are rates of core Christian beliefs. Evangelicals are the one Christian group to have grown numerically and almost retained their population percentage, now at 25%. A growing majority of Protestants are now Evangelical, and half of all Christians now identify as Evangelical or born-again. Liberal Mainline Protestantism unsurprisingly continues its fast decline, dropping from 18 to under 15%. Catholics dropped from about 24% to 21%. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded to the new Pew Study survey documenting the decline of Christians and rise of religiously unaffiliated, by calling the "increasing strangeness" of Christianity "good news" for the church.
"Christianity isn't normal anymore. It never should have been. The increasing strangeness of Christianity might be bad news for America, but it's good news for the church. The major newspapers are telling us today that Christianity is dying, according to this new study, but what is clear from this study is exactly the opposite: while mainline traditions plummet, evangelical churches are remaining remarkably steady," Moore said in a statement.
He added that the report shows that there are more honest atheists in America today, and that they are rejecting what Moore called "almost-Christianity," or traditions that "jettison the historic teachings of the church as soon as they become unfashionable." more >>
It's often said that conservatives believe liberals are misguided, while liberals believe conservatives are evil — that we disguise our dark hearts through racist and Islamophobic "dog whistles" decipherable only our redneck base and to the lefty pundits who know our game. While I've long enjoyed hearing liberals explain to me the true, racist and otherwise bigoted intent behind my seemingly benign words and actions, I've rarely come across a more perfect expression of unshakable faith in the evil of the conservative heart than Will Saletan's most recent Slate column.
I must admit that I got roped in by the headline, which proclaimed that Republican presidential candidates went "down south" to "show how low they can go." Having missed any mainstream news of a recent Republican hate-bigot-fest, I was curious what Saletan had seen that was so dreadful and wondered if he'd just scooped the political world. So I made a mistake and read his piece. It of course contained an obligatory harsh quote from a random Republican member of a focus group, and a quote from Donald Trump being Donald Trump, but what about the actual Republican candidates? How low did they go?
Well, they expressed concern that excessive immigration (legal and illegal) was depressing wages. They also didn't confine their anti-jiahd rhetoric to just "terrorists and extremists," but attacked radical Islam more broadly. Here's Saletan: more >>
In the delivery of a warning from God she says almost made the hair stand up on the back of her neck when she got it, Billy Graham's Daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, said God's judgement is coming to America and "it's going to be ugly."
"This past spring, Joel Rosenberg and I taught through the book of Joel as we led a prophecy seminar at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. It was my privilege to give the first two messages that covered Joel 1:1 through Joel 2:17. The impact on me was profound," wrote Lotz in a post on her website on April 30.
"Both times, when I stepped off of the platform, I knew God had spoken. The messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Why? Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it's going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now," she noted. more >>
A distinguished psychologist has argued in a recently published book that pornography and video games are leading young men into alarmingly high rates of "social isolation" and a "modern meltdown of manhood."
Dr. Philip Zimbardo, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of over 50 books, has stated that the two sources of online entertainment are harming young men mentally.
Zimbardo recently told the BBC that pornography and online video games like "World of Warcraft" have "digitally rewired" young men's minds. more >>
An Arizona-based, self-professed faith healer has filed a lawsuit against a transgender atheist blogger who posted a video attacking his claims that he can heal people of diseases, such as cancer, AIDS and diabetes.
Adam Miller, an ordained minister and faith healer who claims to have had a near-death experience in 1977 and has the ability to heal people, recently filed the suit against Stephanie Guttormson, who serves as operations director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and has publically criticized Miller as being a "charlatan, swindler and snake oil slaesman," and not a medical practitioner.
While The Christian Post wasn't able to contact Miller, and his website and YouTube videos have been removed from the Internet, this reporter did receive a response from Guttormson who spoke openly about the lawsuit. more >>