Who's Running the Show? -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Who is running the show? That is an interesting question, especially when it comes to religion. As part of the Protestant "Mainline," I know that once we played a dominant role in society. That is no longer true, and hasn't been true for some time. Martin Marty, who knows the American religious scene better than almost anyone, having been engaged in the study of it since before I was born, speaks to our situation in this Sightings essay. In this essay he offers some important insights he gleans from a newly published book by Mark Wild, which focuses on the heydey of liberal Protestants and our fall -- the so called "boom and bust." It is a sobering picture, but one we need to be aware of. Having a son who went to film school, I appreciate his use of the the phrase "show runner" (the person who produces a film/show). I offer this essay for your thoughts, especially as we who are part of this liberal Protestantism seek to discern a path forward. Are there wise amongst us?