decline of religion
Gregory Smith joins HuffPost Live to break down the landscape of religion in America.
Where does that leave us who have pledged our lives to this apparently dying institution? As Jesus says numerous times in the Gospels, "Be not afraid."
Complementarian megachurch pastors are like pitchers who only throw 40-mile-an-hour change-ups. It feels cheap and dirty to swing at their pitches, but I'm genuinely bothered by what I've been hearing lately from that strange foreign land where Christians believe that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands.
We must find a "third way" between upholding religion as the solution to all of society's ills and dismissing it as unfit for the public square. Seeking that balance is the principle agenda of the upcoming third annual Kiev Interfaith Forum.
Study after study tells us that Americans are leaving religion in droves, with the number of spiritual but not religious increasing dramatically. Though some of these predictions may be an over-dramatization, significant changes in organized religion are inevitable and necessary.
Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.
The four children of Passover -- the wise child, the wicked child, the simple child and the one who does not know how to ask -- get a lot of play this time of year. They're profound blueprints for the spiritual journey. In fact, they could be understood as stages in the religious growth of many American Jews.
There used to be many of these schools, and now there are almost none. This is a trend that mirrors the overall decline in the number of priests in the United States.
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report
In addition to finding that many Americans don't associate with a specific faith, Pew discovered that many aren't in the
I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?
Houses of Hospitality will deliver the powerful message of welcome and inclusivity to a generation and it will make churches a central part of the service movement, which is where it needs to be. All it takes is a desire to do it and the decision to follow through. It is called the Gospel.