Religion Blurbs: Secularists Bullying the Christians, The Coming Evangelical Collapse and More
On March 13, 2009 At 7:31 am
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LifeSiteNews reported this week that according to Australia's Cardinal Pell, "There is a growing culture of suppression among secularist governments that is using the doctrine of 'tolerance and diversity' to push Christians entirely out of public life." The Cardinal was also quoted as saying that "the most morally permissive groups, such as the homosexualist and feminist political movements" have ignored diversity and tolerance by suppressing the opposition.
Big news this past week was the publication of Trinity College Secular Institute's research that revealed that 15.2% of the U.S. adult population does not identify with any religion.
Meanwhile, in light of increasing studies showing that Americans are leaving the churches, the Christian Science Monitor published an opinion piece predicting the Coming Evangelical Collapse. The article warns that "Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good."
In a searing analysis of the evangelical movement, author Michael Spencer credited the evangelicals' identification with the culture war and with political conservatism as a reason for the upcoming collapse. He wrote:
The evangelical investment in moral, social, and political issues has depleted our resources and exposed our weaknesses. Being against gay marriage and being rhetorically pro-life will not make up for the fact that massive majorities of Evangelicals can't articulate the Gospel with any coherence. We fell for the trap of believing in a cause more than a faith.