Would you be surprised to learn that there has been a drop in confidence for organized religion and religious leaders? Survey after survey tells us that more and more people are dropping out. Many find religious folk to be hypocrites, if not worse. Some of the charges leveled against the religious community are spot on, others not so much. Religious communities are no monolithic, so we must be careful that we don't paint with too wide of brushes.
In this edition of Sightings, Martin Marty visits recent "measurers of opinion," which tell us that the military comes out on top -- and that despite recent scandals at the top. We're not as bad as Congress, but not where we once were. We could suggest that this is all an anti-religious (read anti-Christian) animus on the part of media, etc., but I don't think that would help our cause. But the key point that Dr. Marty wants us to hear is that the public is paying attention! I invite you to read Marty's post and offer your thoughts.
By the way, I received a nice note from Professor Marty giving permission for me to share these postings with you!