Note: Each Friday, “On Faith & Culture” will feature an exclusive interview with a Christian thought leader or a voice of importance to the American Christian community. David Campbell is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and co-author (with Robert Putnam) of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. The book is an enlightening read, and I highly recommend it. Here, Campbell talks about politics and the future of American Christianity. JM: Based on current trends, how will the Church look differently in 25 or 50 years?
DC: First off, I doubt that we will speak of a singular “Church,” which is probably a misnomer even now.
(RNS) With Election 2012 less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. So they're revamping how congregations mobilize voters, largely avoiding the political fray, and hot-button social issues are relegated to simmer in low-profile church study groups. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.