The Coming Evangelical Collapse

Sometimes a blog can be a time machine. For some reason unknown to my conscious mind, a minute ago I went looking in the March 2009 Archive and found this, which I find extraordinarily interesting, and which I can’t quite remember reading, let alone posting.

Gives me hope that my past-life review will be more interesting than I sometimes think! But then, I am so rarely really “here,” really conscious, that I have said that much of my past-life review will be a first-run movie!

Anyway, this extraordinarily interesting message from a man who calls himself the internet monk.

The coming evangelical collapse

Something of this sort has to happen. Christianity is old wine in a new container. That is, it is a way of understanding the spiritual world that does not fit the civilization that is shaping itself around us. That doesn’t mean that much that is precious may not be lost along with the irrelevant and the misunderstood.

This thoughtful essay is from a man who describes himself as “a postevangelical reformation Christian in search of a Jesus-shaped spirituality.” (I found it via the Schwartzreport. It appeared in the online Christian Science Monitor, and may be found at  

ONEIDA, KY. – We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.

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