As Peter Beyer puts it, Protestants leave their churches and don't go anywhere else. With Catholics, nobody leaves the church but no one comes.h/t Mac, who asks the salient question: why is America so different? Of course, I want us Americans to remember, things may be different, but it's best not to take anything for granted, and be complacent. Which is why I am, like our friends at the Catherine of Siena Institute, focused on intentional discipleship. The article's favored sociological explanation is that Canadian women, influenced by the sexual revolution and liberated gender roles, rejected the patriarchy of Christianity, and since women are the bastions of institutional religion, it collapsed. This is a fascinating explanation (of course, like all sociological explanations, it isn't sufficient). I've no idea about its merits. It certainly isn't a trend that occurred south of the border. And, if true, it should also be remarked that all the collapsing Protestant denominations had ordained women clergy. That, in of itself, didn't seem to matter.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Churches come tumbling down
A rather dismal assessment of the state of Christianity north of the border. This includes Pentecostals as well. Money quote: