Seven Follow-Ups on 10 Reasons for Christian Decline

Seven lessons learned through dialogue about Christian decline in America.

CHR Comment: The article delivers something other than the first article suggested. It includes seven points of dialogue with persons who read the first article rather than clearly stating seven ways to address Christian decline in America. In the following list, I try to bring out the authors proposed solutions more clearly:

  1. Defend the faith by pointing to its good works rather than using apologetic arguments.
  2. Explain science and Christianity in ways where one does not cancel out the other.
  3. End Christian triumphalism (the suggestion that Christianity has done no wrong).
  4. Disassociate from the Christian Right in politics.
  5. Practice tolerant Christianity toward other religions.
  6. Rediscover the Christian message, which can no longer be a mission to save the world from “dark heathenism.”
  7. Do not promote authoritarian Christianity.

This is an interesting set of suggestions, which shows the author to be a member of the Christian Left in politics. I wonder how Christians on the right and the left might learn from the author’s observations and suggestions? What would your congregation do differently (or not)?

Source: Seven follow-ups on 10 reasons for Christian decline | Religion News Service


Catholicism’s Empty Quarter

Québec, a flourishing Catholic region for centuries, is now Catholicism’s empty quarter in the Western Hemisphere. There is no more religiously arid place between the North Pole and Tierra del Fuego; there may be no more religiously arid place on the planet. And it all happened in the blink of an eye.

CHR Comment: Weigel attributes the rapid decline of Catholicism in Quebec to a delayed interaction with modernism and churchmen’s involvement in political intrigue. When they finally lost control, they rapidly lost their congregation. This begs the questions: how should a church address the challenges raised by modernism and how may they act as citizens and as Christians in addressing the issues of governance?

Source: Catholicism’s Empty Quarter | George Weigel | First Things