Monday, March 16, 2009

Coming Evangelical Collapse?

The most viewed and arguably the most controversial article published in The Christian Science Monitor this past week? An analysis of the massive economic tsumani waves hitting everyone, everywhere around the world? No. Instead, it's a deeply troubling "must read" article by Michael Spencer that begins by saying:

We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.

Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the "Protestant" 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century. 

This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.

         You can read the rest of this “must read” article here. What do you think?

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