This person says a lot of stuff without any coherent argument, more like a scare story for Christians (complete with the multiple references to growing hatred of Christianity). To some extent he sees evangelism being replaced or modified by the charismatic movement, which he sees as a potential positive.
I agree with you there. It's an opinion piece. The fact is, no one can say what the future will bear. There is ebb and flow of religion in the US, which is what this article mainly addresses. Periods when secularism is tolerated, alternate with periods of religious obsession.
The scare tactic of "religious intolerance" is common in the religious right. It's correct to muse about tasting one's own medicine.
I think they missed a reason, to wit:
Young people are failing to fall for the indoctrination into dogma and belief system that their parents accepted. Modern media and it's unblinking scrutiny, criticism and downright mockery of the improbable assertions of evangelical christianity is causing many millennials to move into the "NONE" column, if not entirely into atheism.
Translation: kids are SMARTER, better informed and far less credulous ... and the churches they would otherwise attend are taking it on the chin as a result.
Je redoute trois journaux plus que 100.000 baïonnettes.
The collapse of evangelism? As the old saying goes, "Hope springs eternal."
That's a great way to put it Pat! Here's to hoping!~ Melinda
I am delighted to read this piece of news. Some, if not many, may remember that in the recent past I have more than once said that religions will be finished in next two hundred years. This seems like the beginning of that end.