Gregory Smith, senior researcher for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, talks with Odyssey Networks about the rapid growth of the religiously unaffiliated.
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So what are we going to do about it? I've read innumerable studies and discussions about the rise of the 'Nones' but virtually nothing--and absolutely nothing from the Episcopal, or other mainline churches, addressed to getting those Nones back to church. I suspect that liberal, mainliners don't think it's important.
I do. The issue isn't 'worldview' or politics. I agree with the None's left-leaning politics and secular world view. The issue is promoting religiousity, promoting church going, maintaining buildings and keeping the services going. This issue is religion as such: churchiness, rituals, myths. When religion disappears, which it likely will, the world will be a poorer, duller, more prosaic place.
Won't anyone try to promote religion? Won't anyone try to get it across to the general public that religiousity--participation in religious rituals, and such--is pleasurable, interesting, a source of enjoyment?
Harriet Baber |
October 17, 2012 12:32 PM
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