Monday, April 13, 2009

Newsweek on the Decline and Fall of Christian America

As a follow-up to "The Coming Evangelical Collapse" post, you might read the Newsweek cover story from last week with the feature article, "The End of Christian America" by Jon Meacham. The article notes the relatively steep statistical decline of those in the US who self-identify as Christians (down ten percentage points from 86% in 1990 to 76% today). Are we seeing the beginnings of a post-Christian, secular America? Meacham writes:

There it was, an old term with new urgency: post-Christian. This is not to say that the Christian God is dead, but that he is less of a force in American politics and culture than at any other time in recent memory. To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians are now making up a declining percentage of the American population.


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