Sunday, May 24, 2015

Column: Is Christianity Moribund?

 From New Hampshire-

Several days from now, at the invitation of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, I will head to Washington to participate in discussions about intercommunion between Episcopalians and United Methodists. Although I am new to the conversation, these two Protestant denominations, the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church, have been engaged in these ecumenical negotiations for many years now. In light of a recent survey, however, it is difficult to escape the impression that these two once-powerful religious entities are managing decline, especially in the Twin State area.

The headlines of the Religious Landscape Study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, are striking and, for people of faith, disturbing. The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 over the past seven years. During the same period, those who identify as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” has risen from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent. Nearly one in five Americans, 18 percent, were reared Christian but now count themselves either as “nones” or members of another religious tradition.

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