April 29, 2009

forecasting Christianity in America: cynical optimism

Posted in culture, the Northeast at 11:40 PM by alexlozada

MCC’s exec pastor Rob Kastens forwarded our staff this recent Newsweek cover story and Albert Mohler’s follow-up blog post.  Dr. Mohler posted another follow-up, commenting on Stephen Prothro’s crititque of Newsweek’s original analysis.  One of my favorite bloggers Seldom Wrong Never In Doubt points to this Wall Street Journal critique, as well as adding his own “cynical optimist” opinion.

Earlier this week, I submitted a book review for my online church history course @ Cincinnati Christian University on Philip Jenkins’ The Next Christendom.  In the spirit of SWNID-style cynicism, this Jenkins quote, “modern Western media generally do an awful job of reporting religious realities, even within their own societies.”  Likewise, in the spirit of faith-and-historical-fact-based SWNID optimism, Jenkins concludes, “”Whether we look backward or forward in history, we can see that time and again, Christianity demonstrates a breath-taking ability to transform weakness into strength.”


1 Comment »

  1. SWNID said,

    Mohler is committed to the rhetoric of decline as a means of stirring the faithful to faithfulness. I don’t buy that, not because I think that things are presently better than Mohler thinks they are, but because I don’t think things were as good in the past as Mohler makes them out to be. There was no time in the past when genuine Christianity was genuinely ascendant, as far as I can tell, so we haven’t fallen from any great height to where we are now.

    Jenkins is one of the great minds of his generation, a treasure to all of us who want to understand what our faith is doing in the world.

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