Whereas America is focused on its fiscal cliff and the possibility of an economic recession, over in a NT Times piece, John Dickerson predicts the coming Evangelical Recession in America.
IT hasn’t been a good year for evangelicals. I should know. I’m one of them. In 2012 we witnessed a collapse in American evangelicalism. The old religious right largely failed to affect the Republican primaries, much less the presidential election. Last month, Americans voted in favor of same-sex marriage in four states, while Florida voters rejected an amendment to restrict abortion. Much has been said about conservative Christians and their need to retool politically. But that is a smaller story, riding on the back of a larger reality: Evangelicalism as we knew it in the 20th century is disintegrating.
Is this obituary a tad premature, or is the writing on the wall for evangelicals as a political force?
It is worth noting, however, that in countries like Brazil, the influence of evangelicals is increasing!