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The Theological Left Is Rising

The Theological Left Is Rising July 20, 2013

This will come as no surprise to readers of this blog, but it’s time to be bullish about the future of progressive Christianity (aka, Incarnational Christians). According to a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, the proportion of religious conservatives in the United States is shrinking with each successive generation, and close to 20 percent of Americans today are religious progressives.

In American, conservative theology is waning, progressive theology is waxing.

Here’s what it currently looks like:

From the report:

Notably, Hispanic Americans are more likely than black or white Americans to identify as theological liberals.

That’s noteworthy, of course, because Hispanic Americans are the fastest growing segment. Here’s how that looks:

The entire report is worth reading and considering. Especially because it looks at not just theology, but also politics and social stances, and it does so across generations. Here’s one more chart to show how things are changing by generation:

Really, read the whole report. And if you do, please leave your observations in the comment section here.

What do you think these changes portend?


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