Christians Are Using #EmptyThePews To Explain Why They Left Their Churches

Aug 21, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

While three separate councils assembled by Donald Trump have disbanded in the wake of his both-sides-ism following the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, the one group that has remained in place is his Evangelical Advisory Board.

Only one member has announced his resignation since last week: Pastor A.R. Bernard, who noted that he had unofficially left the group months ago.

It makes you wonder: What’s wrong with everyone else? Is there anything Trump can do that would push the other evangelical leaders away? How much will they put up with in exchange for more anti-abortion justices appointed to federal benches?

And why are members of their congregations going to church at all, lending their tacit support to everything Trump does, if they disagree with it? (Because, make no mistake, the Trump administration and white evangelical Christianity are fully intertwined at this point.)

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2 comments on “Christians Are Using #EmptyThePews To Explain Why They Left Their Churches

  • @OP – Christians Are Using #EmptyThePews To Explain Why They Left Their Churches

    In matters Christian, the US is way behind many European countries!

    https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-holders/pastoralandclosedchurches/closedchurches/closed-churches-available.aspx

    Around twenty Church of England church buildings are closed for worship each year. The list below shows all the buildings that are available for sale or lease.

    http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/property_and_church_buildings/properties_for_sale

    Our list of current properties for sale includes particulars and viewing details which can be downloaded below.

    http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/structure/representative-body/property/redundant-churches-2/

    The list below provides details of redundant churches that are currently available for sale.

    http://www.baptist.org.uk/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=111359&view=browser

    The
    following
    chapels
    and
    land
    are
    being
    offered
    for
    sale,
    or
    sales
    are
    being
    considered.
    Enquiries
    should
    be
    made
    to
    the
    Agents
    indicated.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/europes-empty-churches-go-on-sale-1420245359

    Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings?

    https://www.thelocal.de/20130319/48629

    A dramatic slump in the number of regular churchgoers is forcing the German Catholic Church to go to desperate lengths to save money. Now dioceses are resorting to flogging barely-used churches on eBay.



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  • Alan4discussion #1
    Aug 21, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    In matters Christian, the US is way behind many European countries!

    . . .. and this UK survey has just shown how and why!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41150792

    For the first time, more than half of people in the UK do not identify as religious, a survey suggests.

    Last year 53% of people described themselves as having “no religion”, in a survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research.

    Among those aged between 18 and 25, the proportion was higher at 71%.

    When the national centre’s British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983, 31% of respondents said they had no religion.

    A random sample of adults were involved in the latest survey and they were asked whether they regarded themselves as belonging to a particular religion.

    Almost two in three 25 to 34 year olds said they were non-religious, while 75% of people aged 75 and over said they were religious.

    So as the old who are deeply indoctrinated from the time of WW2 and military conscription with church parades and enforced acceptance of “orders from authority”: – die out the numbers of faith-befuddled will diminish even more!

    The latest figures show that for people who were born into a religious household, four in 10 are no longer religious.

    The most dramatic reduction has been amongst those who identify as Anglican.

    Some 15% of people in Britain considered themselves Anglican in 2016, half the proportion who said this in 2000, according to the survey.

    Those identifying as Catholic has remained stable – at around one in 10 – over the past 30 years, while one in 20 people identify with non-Christian religions.

    Roger Harding, from the National Centre for Social Research, said the figures should cause “all religious leaders to pause for thought”.

    Of course with indoctrinated “faith-thinking”, – pausing for rational thought is quite difficult for them! 🙂 – As is trying to “uneducate” and “irrationalise”, the educated rational members of the community!

    Perhaps the tired old religious leaders should just shuffle into retirement and take their tired old god-delusions with them to the grave!

    from the above link: –
    75% of people aged 75 and over said they were religious.

    It seems there is also an ageing clergy!

    https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2016/3-june/news/uk/fewer-clergy-on-a-stipend-and-older

    The average ages of stipendiary clergy are gradually rising, as the broader UK population ages. In 2012, more clergy were 55 than any other specific age, but by 2015 the commonest age was 58.

    Only 13 per cent of parish priests were aged under 40, although this varied widely by diocese: in some areas, only four per cent of parochial clergy were under 40. One diocese, unnamed in the statistics, recorded that 41 per cent of its stipendiary parish clergy were over 60. The age profile for male and female stipen­diary clergy is broadly similar.



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