My fellow Patheos blogger Daniel K. Williams, a history professor at Western Georgia who blogs at Anxious Bench, has made a fascinating discovery.
In his post The White Southern Protestants Who No Longer Attend Church, he notes that church attendance is down everywhere, including the so-called “Bible Belt” of the South. In the northeast, the decline–which he attributes in part to the sex scandals in the Catholic church–has been associated with a rise in political liberalism. Is that happening in the South, as well? Are Southerners who have given up on evangelical churches becoming more progressive?