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