Christians’ transition from majority to minority

Josh Daffern says that all of the current controversies Christians are facing over religious liberty, sexuality, and the like are all symptoms of something bigger:  “The biggest issue American Evangelicals will face for the next 50 years is how we handle our transition from a moral majority to a prophetic minority.” [Read more…]

“The Smug Style in American Liberalism”

There is an astonishing article in the (liberal) Vox by the (liberal) Emmett Rensin entitled “The Smug Style in American Liberalism:  How liberals came to look down on the people they once tried to help.”

It castigates liberals for their Daily-Show habit of mocking those they disagree with, particularly those of lower social class than themselves, saying how stupid and uneducated they are, compared to their cool and knowing selves.

Rensin points out that liberals used to be largely from the working class.  Today, though, the base of liberalism is in academia and the upper middle class.  Today, he says, many Democrats don’t even know a poor or blue collar person.  Their disrespect has translated into not really doing anything about the economic issues that have so ravaged the working class.

Whatever your politics, you need to read this, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]

Applying what the Bible says about slavery

Jordan Cooper has an excellent discussion of what the Bible says about slavery. You need to read it all, but I’ll quote six points that he makes.

I then want to propose a way to apply these passages–not just to their historical context–but to the slavery of sin.
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Moral relativism gives way to a new moralism

Moral relativism is over.  Moral absolutes are back.  The problem is, these are new moral absolutes, with little connection to traditional objective morality.  And yet because the new moralism is concerned only with tolerance and inclusion, it lacks principles such as justice, temperance, and mercy that can temper its harshness.  As a result, it is just as judgmental, shame-inducing, and self-righteous as the old moralism at its worst.

Read the Atlantic’s Jonathan Merritt on the subject.

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Millennials are moving to the suburbs

Contrary to the free-floating urbanite stereotype of millennials, that under-35-year-old generation is now preoccupied with buying houses in the suburbs.

Could it be that rather than over-generalizing about generational characteristics, what we have been seeing is far simpler?  Single people like living in cities, where possible mates are more plentiful and there is much more to do with them.  But once they get married and have children, cities lose their appeal in favor of bourgeois considerations like home ownership and looking for a “good place to raise a family.”

Perhaps the millennials have stayed single longer than other demographic groups, but eventually adulthood kicks in.  This might also apply to religious commitments, the lack of which among millennials has many churches worried.  But church attendance always drops off among single adults, only to pick up again among married couples, especially once they have children.

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Hostility to religion

In 2012, the First Liberty Institute documented over 600 overt cases in America of “legal, social, or cultural” attacks on religion and infringements of religious liberty.  This year’s report has 1,285.

This doesn’t count, of course, the climate of hostility to religion in certain social groups.

Jesus told his followers to expect hostility, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  But it remains a curious cultural shift.  Do you think American Christians, who have tended to crave popularity, are ready for this?

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