Jake Meador, a thoughtful young evangelical, reflects on monasticism and says that one thing we can learn from that practice is the virtue–yes, the virtue–of indifference. [Read more…]
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.”