Welcome to the Future of Mainline Protestantism!

Mid-way through our Future of Religion summer series here at Patheos, we’ve finally arrived at The Future of Mainline Protestantism! This week, more than 20 thought-leaders, from pastors to scholars to bloggers, offer provocative perspectives on the future of the mainline church. We’ll also feature more conversations on the church here on the blog each day, to further feed the conversation. To get us started, retired Columbia Seminary professor Ben Campbell Johnson shares his dreams for a vibrant mainline Protestantism in the 21st Century… [Read more...]

Responding to Religious Terrorism

Washington Post’s “On Faith” recently ran a fascinating debate on the question, “What to call terrorists?” I was most struck by how sharply the answers split. A number of the authorities objected stridently to the Obama administration’s efforts to separate Islamic and terrorist. “Call it what it is!” they insisted; “you’re just obscuring the facts and engaging in double-speak.” But others were equally vehement on the other side: “It’s not Islam as such that creates terrorism and terrorists. Theirs are political acts of violence, and we should label them as such. Don’t blame this all on Islam!” Guest blogger Philip Clayton invites us to watch our responses to religious terrorism… [Read more...]

God Will Never Abandon the Church

“It doesn’t matter to me if mainline denominations continue to exist in their present form. Their present form seems destined for death.” Jenny Williams at the Call & Response Blog offers this post on the future of mainline denominations. Consider her insights a preview of what’s to come next week when we present a compelling forum on the Future of Mainline Protestantism here at Patheos. [Read more...]