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Church Decline

On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Darwin, Einstein and Picasso

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

You might have heard of the comic book superheroes, The X-Men, but have you heard of the X Club? In the late 19th century the group met for dinner once a month in London. Members won the prestigious Copley and Royal medals for scientific achievement. Two were knighted. They were scientific superheroes.

The Ups and Downs of Religion

Martin Marty | Posted 01.28.2017 | Religion
Martin Marty

Recruit young church people to do what "my" denomination sloganizes as "God's Work -- Our Hands" and you will find good prospecting in many places where change and hardship, but not death, reign.

Christianity Has Only Itself to Blame for Its Demise

Byron Williams | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Byron Williams

The number may vary but the trend line is consistent: The Christian church is in decline. From church attendance to those who identify as Christian, all numbers are heading south.

Drift Away

Martin Marty | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Two new books reviewed by Kaya Oakes , one by Linda Mercadante, the other by the Smith-Longest-Hill-Christofferson team, teach the smart-cracker to get not smart but wise, as these authors deal with SCNRs -- Mercadante's acronymic coinage for the "Spiritual But Not Religious."

No More Analysis -- Millennials, the Church Needs You!

Samuel L. Adams | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Samuel L. Adams

Many churches are perpetually mired in process, worrying far more about protocol for committee meetings than how to become a welcoming body. With your wariness about the glacial pace at which institutions change, you can help the church become more dynamic.

Former Archbishop Warns Of Possible Extinction For Church Of England

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can...

6 Questions Christians Should Just Start Asking

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

It is way past time for the Church to let go of its own collective ego and get real with life and faith and the big issues of our time.

The Radical Middle?

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

Now that all the campaigning is over and the ceaseless ads have finally ceased (thank God!), here's question worth pondering: What happened to the middle in America? And how is that reflected, not just in our politics, but in our pews?

Saving Christianity

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Are we witnessing a collapse of liberal Christianity because it's trying to adapt to contemporary liberal values? The problem with this static view of dogma is that God doesn't work that way.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

11 Reasons I Have Not Left Church

Paul Wallace | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Paul Wallace

As we all know, the American mainline is in free-fall. I myself am a sometimes angry and confused veteran of church conflict. Yet I remain.

Killing the Church by Denigrating the Immediacy of God

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

We are smothering God. And our church. We're engaged in an unholy combination of implicit theocide and communal suicide.