One Thing You Missed: Secularization, Empty Churches, and the Future of American Christianity

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Recently Pew released a new study that included alarming data about the steep decline in religious adherents in the United States over the last decade. According to the data, from 2009-2019 there has been a massive drop in the number of people who identify as Christians (77% to 65%), while at the same time there has been a marked increase in the number of people claiming no religious affiliation at all (17% to 26%). This clearly confirms the rapid rate of secularization taking place across the country and confronts us as Christians with difficult questions about the future. There is a lot at stake in how we respond to these trends. The answer is found not in seeking to escape our vulnerabilities, but in renewing our hope in the power of the gospel.

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.