Monday, July 6, 2015
In May, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that the Christian share of the population has declined, and that the decline came from Protestant mainstream churches and Catholicism — not evangelicalism. Evangelical churches are gaining converts more rapidly than they are losing any who grew up in the tradition. I’ve always thought that the primary appeal of these churches was the vivid immediacy of their God. The sex manuals remind us that another factor is the sense of being a countercultural activist who sets out to remake the world.
Stanford discovers the shocking truth about Evangelical Christianity and is shocked that it is appealing from a certain perspective. The air of explaining the customs of the Oogie-Boogies to the clerisy is somewhat infuriating, but I guess it's better than nothing.