Diana Butler Bass on "Christianity after Religion"

March 18, 2012

Diana Butler Bass says we're now living in a post-religious age.  What's surprising is how many people are abandoning organized religion, but not God.  She talks about the people who identify as "spiritual but not religious," and describes her own journey through several Christian denominations.

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Enjoyed the interview, but Diana Butler Bass claims the PCA is "experiencing huge declines", but that is simply not accurate. She claims the PCA has shown "very substantial membership declines." Again, this is not true. In fact, the PCA has grown significantly in the past decade. The PCA had one year with a 1.3 percent decline after a large church purged its rolls, but regained that number and more the following year.

The church that is about half of its former size, and continuing to bleed members is the PCUSA, the Presbyterian Church USA, NOT the PCA, or Presbyterian Church in America. See http://www.layman.org/news.aspx?article=26072

The information on the PCA comes from an article from the University of Chicago's Martin Marty and the yearbook on American and Canadian churches (the year available at the time of writing my book), both objective and highly respected sources on church membership.

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