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New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger
The Federalist ^ | 01/22/2018 | By Glenn T. Stanton

Posted on 01/22/2018 11:10:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind

“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.”

What Accounts for the Difference in Perceptions?

How can their findings appear so contrary to what we have been hearing from so many seemingly informed voices? It comes down primarily to what kind of faith one is talking about. Not the belief system itself, per se, but the intensity and seriousness with which people hold and practice that faith.


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TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christianity; christianitygrowing; harvard; uschristianity

1 posted on 01/22/2018 11:10:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

bookmark for later


2 posted on 01/22/2018 11:13:23 AM PST by rdl6989
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To: SeekAndFind; Whenifhow; null and void; aragorn; EnigmaticAnomaly; kalee; Kale; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

oh, no...this isn’t gonna go over well...


3 posted on 01/22/2018 11:14:02 AM PST by bitt (We dont need an electric chair, we need electric bleachers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for that information. I was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Some of their pastors say that the Devil doesn’t exist, the resurrection didn’t happen, and/or gays should be able to marry and get ordained. Some of the same pastors wonder why people are leaving their churches.


4 posted on 01/22/2018 11:28:36 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins

I will trade you the LCMS, the Anglican personal ordinariate in Payson AZ and the complete works of john Wesley. I get the Byzantine Rite Liturgy and a first round draft choice. I will also take the Swedish lesbian bishops off your hands


5 posted on 01/22/2018 11:53:34 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Committee to Re-Elect the President ( CREEP ))
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To: Albion Wilde; Faith; Hiskid; Jeanbl; JustaCowgirl; Kitty Mittens; Maudeen; NEWwoman; OneVike; ...

Ping!


6 posted on 01/22/2018 12:50:48 PM PST by Albion Wilde (Winning isn't as easy as I make it look. -- Donald J. Trump)
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To: PhilCollins

We left the apostate ELCA for the LCMS in th early 90s.


7 posted on 01/22/2018 1:03:13 PM PST by Wm F Buckley Republican
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To: SeekAndFind
Why is anyone surprised? Christianity always grows and matures during times of persecution. Current estimates are that the Chinese Christian Church--not the churches recognized by the Chinese Communist government--is many, many times larger than the American church, and the American church will grow in these difficult times.

Those who deny the Supernatural nature of Christianity and the Church are foolish for doing so.
8 posted on 01/22/2018 1:55:53 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Only if you count pro homosexual congregations as Christian.

The sad truth of the matter is that Christianity in America is dieing.

Don’t believe me? Just start visiting all the churches in you area and sit long enough to learn what they teach.

Many will come preaching in the name of Christ, but few will have the true Gospel.

‘’’’’”Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’’’’’ Matthew 7:23


9 posted on 01/22/2018 3:07:08 PM PST by OneVike (I'm just a humble Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike
The same was true in Luther's day, which is why he wrote the Lutheran catechism —even the Catholic church of his day was not keeping on top of correct preaching and teaching. A revival will come again here. It's time.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. —Matthew 16:18

10 posted on 01/22/2018 5:16:18 PM PST by Albion Wilde (Winning isn't as easy as I make it look. -- Donald J. Trump)
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To: SeekAndFind

From the article:

“...More Americans Attend Church Now Than At the Founding

What is really counter-intuitive is what Stark and his colleagues at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion found when looking at U.S. church attendance numbers going back to the days of our nation’s founding. They found that the percentage of church-attending Americans relative to overall population is more than four times greater today than it was in 1776. The number of attendees has continued to rise each and every decade over our nation’s history right up until the present day. ...”

—very— interesting!!


11 posted on 01/22/2018 6:17:03 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: Albion Wilde

Great news, AW. Thank you.


12 posted on 01/22/2018 7:37:30 PM PST by Hiskid (Jesus is Lord)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

My parents live in Prescott. They used to attend an LCMS church. Now, they’re members of an LCMC church.


13 posted on 01/23/2018 9:49:40 AM PST by PhilCollins
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