The death of Christianity in the U.S. Has it really died?
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« on: November 15, 2017, 01:50:27 pm »

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of...

That's the general tenor of the article. The gist is that Christianity died when Christians made it political. Does this ring true to you? Do you agree with any of his supports? Personally, I think he went a little to far in generalizing but the Peter J. Gomes school of Christ has largely died.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 05:13:54 pm »

It's Hyperbole.  He's making a polemic argument rather than trying to give a dispassionate description.

It's a very long discussion in Christian thought "how can the Church be in the World but not of the World".  One of the issues that started the Anabaptist tradition was the accusation that the Roman Catholic Church had become too immersed in questions of political power and wealth thereby turning away from the spiritual focus of a connection with Christ.

But no, there is no risk that Christmas is going to be cancelled this year.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 08:46:57 pm »

From the past few years, there are so many studies about the decline of (particularly white) Christianity in the United States, and its loss of political and social clout, that this site would crash if I were to compile a comprehensive list.

For starters:

Really, darlings, I just can't go on.
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