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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Question of the Day: Is the Religious Environment in the U.S. Morphing into Something New?

That is what the Barna Group has concluded. Six megathemes have emerged from their recent research:

1. The Christian church is becoming less theologically literate.

2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.

3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.

4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating.

5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church.

6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible.

Further explanation of these six megathemes can be found here.

What do you think? Is there a morphing going on? If so, how can the church respond? After reading the article please feel free to comment below.

1 comment:

Bruce said...

Of course things change. I am not so sure that there are huge changes happening. But change does happen. I think we are less theologically literate due to our whole population being less literate. Spiritual principles are not of great value until they become spiritual practices. Our culture has penetrated the church more than the church has penetrated the culture. That is how I perceive things.