Last week there was much discussion in the electronic and print media on the so-called collapse of Christianity in America.The precipitating cause for this media kerfuffle was the release of the Pew Research Center's newest report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape."Overall, the percentage of American adults (over 18) who self-identify as Christian has dropped about 8 points between 20, from 78.4% to 70.6%.Its largest groups are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Protestant churches; in addition to these churches there are several independent churches of Eastern Christianity as well as numerous sects throughout the world.See also This article first considers the nature and development of the Christian religion, its ideas, and its institutions.I explained what courtship was and quoted Joshua Harris, chapter and verse. “I don’t think courtship is a smart idea,” my grandfather said.“How can you tell who you want to marry if you aren’t going out on dates? I ignored their advice on relationships, preferring to listen to the young people around me who were passionate advocates of courtship.
We put on the most modern outfits we could find, layered on the jewelry, doubled the mascara and headed to a prime location – our roof.” my grandmother wondered every time the topic came up. They both obstinately held to the position that courtship was a foolish idea. As I grew older, I started to speak at homeschool conferences and events.I talked with homeschool parents, students and alumni all over the country and started to see some challenges with making courtship work.For supporting material on various topics, see At the very least, Christianity is the faith tradition that focuses on the figure of Jesus Christ.In this context, faith refers both to the believers’ act of trust and to the content of their faith.Some of the specific challenges I identified were: So I founded Practical Its purpose: to instigate a national conversation about how to make courtship more practical. Then couples who did get married through courtship started getting divorced.This is followed by an examination of several intellectual manifestations of Christianity.Finally, the position of Christianity in the world, the relations among its divisions and denominations, its missionary outreach to other peoples, and its relations with other world religions are discussed.This decline has been accompanied by a significant increase in the same time period of the percentage of American adults who no longer associated with any religious faith (religiously "unaffiliated") grew from 16.1% to 22.8%.Furthermore, this decline of "Christians" and rise of "unaffiliated" increases with each succeeding generation (Silent [1928-1945], Baby Boomers [1946-1964], Generation X [1965-1980], and Millennials [1981-1996], having lower "Christian" percentages and higher "unaffiliated.")This holds particularly true with the Millennial Generation, with older Millennials (1980-1989) being slightly more "Christian" (57% to 57%) and slightly less "unaffiliated" (34% to 36%) than younger Millennials (1990-1996).