Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Fr. John,I am not sure what data Mr. Silk at Trinity used to come to the conclusion that it was politically active evangelicals that brought about the slump. Based on the fact that the survey did not poll any reason for faith changes, and that evangelicals were the fastest growing of the Christian categories, I would say that not only was this supposition, it was the least likely scenario. If anything, the statistics indicate the opposite to be true. Also, there was a silver lining in the data, that the blog link did not pick up on. The rate of growth among the unbelievers is slowing, with the greatest growth being in the 90's. This indicates that a shift back toward the Church maybe underway. Blessings,John.
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