The Ups and Downs of Religion
Religion is a complicated subject. We hear that religion is on the decline in certain parts of the west, while it's very present in the Global South and elsewhere in what we once called the "Third World." Times have changed and so have our categories. In this week's essay, Martin Marty takes a look at two phenomena -- the "most-Bible-minded cities" in America. Where do you think they lie? And what does that mean? The other item of interest is an essay on the death of the Midwestern Church. The latter is related, it would seem, to the move from rural to urban in the Midwest. Marty has some pithy statements on both that are worth contemplating!