Religion in America: the statistics

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Ed Stetzer, who runs the numbers for the Southern Baptist Convention, has an interesting  essay up on the Christianity Today website, in which he answers the burning question: Why do evangelicals lie about how religion is doing in America? His answer, which includes a useful review of the actual data, is that in order to pump up the troops to go out and exercise the Great Commission, you’ve got to make things seem worse than they are.

To be sure, Stetzer doesn’t have anything to say about his own grim reports on the demographics of the SBC–probably because, in that particular case, the facts are true. (He does point out that the only denominations that are growing are a couple if Pentecostal ones.) For a review of the SBC situation, see Andy Manis’ article in the latest issue of Religion in the News.

  • don

    As a former “born again” Christian and now 10 years in recovery, I can attest to the fact that I am just one of millions who has left the church. Just like in the political world where we have been sold out by both the democrats and the Republicans, the Christian church of today has lost it’s way and has almost nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus anymore.
    When my “born again” friends ask me why I no longer go to church or believe like them, I simply tell them that my walk with Jesus has never been closer. I just left all the dogma and crazy stuff behind. (Pat Robertson, Joel Osteen,Ted Hagard, etc, etc, etc.)
    Let’s face it, the church has become corrupted. Just because millions are leaving “organized” religion does NOT mean we don’t want to serve and follow the Lord. We do. Just not the way the corrupted church is teaching.
    peace out,