Reflecting on Christmas in America

With the holidays well behind us now, we can stand back and take a look at how religion and Christmas are being approached by Americans without the annual culture wars that often attend such conversations. The Pew Research Center has provided an excellent set of data about this topic in its December 2017 study on…

Healing American Division

The Public Religion Research Institute issued a new report in December 2017 that reflects on the division among Americans following 2017 and the completion of the first full year of the Trump Presidency. Perhaps one of the starkest statistics they offer is just how much Republicans and Democrats distrust one another. The report states: “There…

More Data for White Mainline Protestants

In my previous post I explored how white mainline Protestant church leaders are out of touch with two groups: 1) the conservatives in their own ranks as well as the rest of the United States and 2) marginalized Christians. This was based on the Pew Research Center’s most recent political typology report. From this, I…

A Tale of Two American Evangelicalisms

That there is not one, coherent evangelical church in the United States today is no surprise. Simply reading the responses to any tweet Ed Stetzer, a recognized evangelical leader in the United States, makes about Pres. Trump provides anecdotal evidence of this. Now, thanks the Pew Research Center, there are data and concepts available to…