Great Britain now has more people who say they have “no religion” (48%) than say they are Christians (44%). (Other religions such as Islam constitute 8%.) And this happened fast. Fifteen years ago, around 75% said they were Christians. Five years ago, only 25% said they have “no religion.” After the jump, a story about this from the London Spectator.
For a long time, most Brits still considered themselves Christians, while hardly ever attending services. Staying Christian requires going to church. Then again, when the churches themselves, as a whole, become so theologically liberal they stop teaching anything that could be recognized as Christianity, then of course Christianity will, apart from divine intervention, be extinguished.
Could such a religious shift happen in the USA? Or is it already happening? [Read more…]
One young Iranian woman convert told the German news magazine Stern, “I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found them,” Another convert told Stern he had found in Christianity an element—love—that was missing from the faith he was brought up in. “In Islam, we always lived in fear,” he said. “Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love.”
The Lutheran educational tradition, according to Thomas Korcok, is classical liberal arts education + catechesis. In his book Lutheran Education, Dr. Korcok, now a professor at Concordia Chicago, shows how the enthusiasts just wanted Bible-reading schools; the humanists just wanted classical education; the pietists just wanted vocational training; the Enlightenment just wanted science education–but orthodox Lutherans at every stage insisted on classical education + catechesis. More and more Lutheran schools are returning to that double emphasis.
The 16th annual conference of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education will be held at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, July 19-21. The theme will be “A Pedagogy of Goodness” (the last two years featuring the other absolutes of truth and beauty). Dr. Korcok will be one of our speakers. I’ll be leading a series of workshops on Moral Education and Literature. See the other speakers and topics after the jump.
As well as teachers, principals, and pastors, we welcome homeschoolers, future teachers, students, and anybody just interested in the Lutheran approach to classical Christian education.
There is a new book out from CPH that is very much worth reading: Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton, a young pastor in Michigan. In the vein of my Spirituality of the Cross, this book explains in an utterly fresh way not only what Lutherans believe but also what it feels like to “be” Lutheran. This is a book for life-long Lutherans, confirmation drop-outs, “seekers,” interested fellow-travellers, non-Christians, millennials, and “nones” who are “spiritual but not religious.” I wrote the foreword. An excerpt from that, plus a link to Amazon, after the jump. [Read more…]