... Churches are losing their grip on a region where they could long set community standards with a pulpit-pounding sermon or, more subtly, a sideward glance toward someone walking into a liquor store.Nor, I sense, is this bit-by-bit dwindling limited to the Bible-Belt South. Everywhere, unless I am mistaken, there is a refocusing when it comes to spiritual life. The monolithic father with the upraised and upbraiding forefinger simply does not have the clout, the convincing-ness, the conclusive first or last word.
On the one hand, things fall apart.
On the other, perhaps,
Maybe less-committed from the organizational point of view is more-committed in a serious sense.Fuller, the religion professor, said the loss of influence isn't all bad for Southern churches. The idea of churches controlling Southern society is giving way to individuals searching for a deeper faith, he said.
PS. And as a bit of cut-the-bullshit evidence, the New York Daily News apparently actually ran this front page today:
"Following the heinous December 2 attack that resulted in the deaths of 14 innocents in San Bernardino, CA, the New York Daily News ran a front-page story mocking GOP presidential hopefuls who prayed to God rather than calling for more gun control."