Documenting the Gradual Decline of the Christian Church and What To Do About It

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by Ryan on April 28, 2012

For those of us who mourn the gradual loss of dedication and commitment to “the church,” the issues and questions that Ross Douthat’s new book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics raises are not met with skepticism and scorn, but rather with hope that they might enlighten the decisions of church leaders currently in charge of visioning and planning.

Starting in the 1950s, Douthat documents Christianity’s decline from a mainstream, bipartisan(!), vigorous “moral center” to a faith that now breeds hubris, greed, and self-absorption. Is a return to more orthodoxy the answer? Again, the joy of these type of books is that as these authors make the rounds and give high profile interviews, these questions are brought into the larger public consciousness and (hopefully) lead to plans, strategies, and visions of fulfilling a genuine response to the Gospel — one Christian and one church at a time.

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Ross Douthat Interview on NPR: ‘Heretics’: The Crisis of American Christianity

Q&A: Ross Douthat on Rooting Out Bad Religion – Christianity Today

Why Religion Endures as Christianity Declines on Fox News
Watch Ross Douthat’s Interview on Real Time with Bill Maher, an Extended Interview with Andrew Sullivan and more book reviews and articles.
New York Times Book Review of Bad Religion

Ross Douthat on Real Time with Bill Maher
Ross Douthat Extended Interview with Andrew Sullivan

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