Religion in the Years Ahead -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Many in my profession are bemoaning the state of things religious. Our congregations are getting older and smaller. The number of full-time positions are also on the decline. I'm relatively close to retirement, so I will survive, but many of my younger colleagues are more leery of things. So what might prognosticators have to say? How do they know what the future holds? Martin Marty, takes a look at such things, beginning by taking notice of recent concerns about the apparent waning of liberal democracy, and a turn to authoritarian visions. As for religion, he takes us to the prognostications offered by Andrew Greeley in 1969. Greeley was relatively hopeful, though may be a bit off the mark. Nonetheless, there is always reason for hope. I invite you to read and if you would like offer your own take on the future. What might it look like in the years ahead?