The title is, “Modeling the Future of Religion in America.” But it’s the tagline that will catch your interest: “If recent trends in religious switching continue, Christians could make up less than half of the U.S. population within a few decades.” See the study here: The study created four different models regarding how things might look by the year, 2070. Plot-Spoiler: The outcomes don’t look that great for churches as we know them. They were kind enough to include one scenario in which case something magical happens. It’s up to all of us to pray — and obey — for that magic to happen. One thing we know: This article deserves a close read by all of us. Our questions are these:
a) What’s your take on the study? Do you consider it sound research to do a “modeling” study like this based on current trends?
b) Which of the four models do YOU feel is more likely and why?
c) What should this study prompt us to do about our faith? How should we respond?
Please give us your take in the comments. We’re on the edge of our seats.