Friends of God,
Diana Butler Bass is a respected and well known sociologist and historian who has written several books on the subject of the present day cultural shift of America’s relationship to its religious institutions. Here is a link to a video that some of you might find interesting. Get something to drink. Pull up a chair.
A few quick highlights:
Fewer Americans Believe in God than You Think
While the popular number may be 90%, when age categories are considered, it’s much lower. In fact, Diana says among those 40 and younger the number is less than half.
Churches Must Be More Open to Questions
Diana says too many of today’s churches are not leaving enough space for the doubters. Tomorrow’s faith communities will have to more fully commit to engaging doubt and uncertainty.
It’s About Transformation
Too much of the Church still favors comfort over change – and the transformational effects of the Gospel go untapped. Diana says this will have to change in order for the church to fully flourish.