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Category Archives: Evangelicalism
Here are some interesting stats gauging the current condition of the American Megachurch. My interest in this is trivial at best but it is interesting to see what people are thinking about Church. This particular survey by Leadership Network shows that Megachurches are still bringing in the numbers. However, while older megachurches are hanging on to their baby boomers they are losing their gen-Xers and millennials. Some of the key areas of success are smaller venues (sanctuary, small groups), multiple campuses, increased number of weekly services (which only makes sense if you have smaller venues), Churches that “specialize” in global out reach, and a clear mission purpose.
This survey by Hartford Institute shows some of the pros and cons of younger churches before or after 1990. Older churches tend have more pastoral longevity, higher attendance, member involvement, and money.
“Evangelicals, once associated with an uncritical, anti-intellectual state of mind, have in the last several decades reentered the academy.” Over the years, the evangelical movement has been criticized for not being academic and philosophical. As a result, many haven’t taken evangelicals seriously. Enter Awakening the Evangelical Mind, the story of how the evangelical mind awoke.
In the early twenty-first century, Alvin Plantinga is a world-famous philosopher. Not long ago, toward the end of the twentieth century, he emerged as one of the most prominent intellectual spokespersons for theism. A tall, wizened, bespectacled man, Plantinga publicly tangled with “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins, was profiled by the New York Times, and occupied an endowed chair at the University of Notre Dame. On the campus featuring “Touchdown Jesus,” few would have mistaken Plantinga for a football player. But he had established himself as a cagey competitor in the realm of worldview conflict. Plantinga often deployed his theories of “possible worlds” and “properly basic beliefs” with a slightly mischievous look on his face. He seemed to relish the opportunity to defend Christianity before its philosophical detractors. (Read more)