Sunday night, televisions across America were tuned into a new Mark Burnett-produced series. But it wasn't what most people have come to expect from the man who is arguably the most successful reality television producer working today. Instead, he is bringing to life the best-selling, most influential book of all time: The Bible.
The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources. Yet there are also more hopeful trends about the health and mission of houses of worship.