View Full Version : Paul Prather: It's not an auspicious time to be in the Protestant religion trade

09-18-2013, 06:34 PM
One paradox about Protestant Christianity is that both the mainline and evangelical ends of the theological spectrum bear the seeds of their own decline.

Mainliners — comparatively liberal denominations such as the Methodists, Presbyterians, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Episcopalians — have been hemorrhaging members and influence for five or six decades.

Conversely, a few years ago, the common wisdom said conservative Protestants—such as the Southern Baptists, the Assemblies of God, independent charismatic churches and so on — would surely ascend to greater and greater prominence.

Now many of them, too, are losing influence and numbers, particularly among younger adults.

For instance, the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, has publicly acknowledged its struggle with significant declines in conversions, baptisms and overall membership.

Meanwhile, the numbers of atheists, agnostics and spiritual-but-not-religious folks are increasing. Yes, they're still a minority, but they're a growing minority.

It's not an auspicious time to be in the Protestant religion trade.

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