Donald Trump knew he needed Evangelicals in his coalition because Christianity Is growing!
If Christianity is growing instead of withering in America, why does it seem like the opposite is true?
Perhaps it would be helpful to remember how confidently we were assured that Hillary Clinton would be President. A powerful group of elites were certain that she should be President, only to find out, on election day, that others showed up to the polls who disagreed with them.
Could it be that these same or similar elites are biased about religion and “secularization”?
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The Federalist reports, “New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger.”
“Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” Statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most Americans accept them as uncontested truisms. This one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in The Atlantic on Vice President Mike Pence.
Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. It’s just a matter of time until Christianity’s total and happy extinction, chortle our cultural elites. Is this true? Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in “widespread decline” so much so that conservative believers should suffer “growing anxiety”?
Two words: Absolutely not.
New research published late last year by scholars at Harvard University and Indiana University Bloomington is just the latest to reveal the myth. This research questioned the “secularization thesis,” which holds that the United States is following most advanced industrial nations in the death of their once vibrant faith culture. Churches becoming mere landmarks, dance halls, boutique hotels, museums, and all that.
Not only did their examination find no support for this secularization in terms of actual practice and belief, the researchers proclaim that religion continues to enjoy “persistent and exceptional intensity” in America. These researchers hold our nation “remains an exceptional outlier and potential counter example to the secularization thesis.”
The article goes into great detail proving its point and answering doubts. It gives this summary statement about the population dynamics:
It comes down to this: God laughs at the social Darwinists. Their theory is absolutely true, but just not in the way they think. Those who have the babies and raise and educate them well tend to direct the future of humanity. Serious Christians are doing this. Those redefining the faith and reality itself are not.
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