Here is just a sample of the top headlines at one Christian news site this morning:
- Crystal Cathedral vendors and what they're owed
- Megachurch Crystal Cathedral Ministries seeks bankruptcy protection
- Top 400 charities see billions less in donations
- Walking away from church ["...conservative politics is a turnoff to more and more young adults"]
Young adults are sick and tired of the extreme right turn that religion took starting in the 1970s. The Christian/Jewish/Islamic anti-gay and social conservatism agenda that so many insist is "God's word" turns our youth off big time. They are still religious but leave the churches behind – which drops them right into the two-generation effect (see Death of Religion is a Two Generation Process?).
And older adults are sick and tired of a seemingly endless stream of sex, adultery and pedophilia. Add the recession to the mix, and things don't look good for America's churches.
My fellow blogger vjack over at Atheist Revolution is more pessimistic. He doesn't expect to see the demise of religion in his lifetime. But I disagree. Every time I look around, the process is accelerating. If you're curious, here are some previous blogs I wrote that were very popular.
- Is Christianity Dying?
- Is Christianity Dying? Interesting New Data.
- Christianity is Dying - The Story Behind Anne Rice's Defection
- Mushy Christians: More evidence Christianity is Dying