The answer is simple: Young people have stopped getting themselves baptized.
My good RNS buddy David Gibson delivered himself of a little snark this morning in re: that “campus PC virus shutting down Christian groups because they want their leaders to be, well, Christian. I mean, that’s outrageous. Right?” Let’s see.
There is one astonishing claim in Pew’s new survey of American Hispanics: Between 2010 and 2013, 12 percent of them stopped identifying as Catholics. That’s a drop from 67 percent to 55 percent of those over the age of 18 — four million people representing an 18 percent decline in the proportion of adult Hispanics who are Catholic. That’s not right.
Whither evangelicalism? These days, the cleverest answer on the inside comes from Russell Moore, the theologian who’s approaching his first anniversary as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Franklin Graham has been catching some flak for invidiously comparing Vladimir Putin’s protection of Russian children from gay “propaganda” to America’s embrace of same-sex marriage.
I understand World Vision’s original decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages had nothing to do with the threat of lawsuits. But that doesn’t mean the decision’s reversal in the face of widespread evangelical outrage won’t invite them.
There’s been a certain amount of cyber-snarking at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) since Friday, when Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the organization has been using gun giveaways to evangelize. But let’s contextualize.
Reality show star Jamie Coots is not the first snake-handling pastor to die practicing his faith, and he presumably won’t be the last. The question is whether Americans have become more susceptible to the religious liberty claims he made.