Christian Cultural Heritage Christianitys Status in the World

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Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity’s Status in the World 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity’s Status in the World 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage “Christianity is the main foundation of Western civilization, the root of

Christian Cultural Heritage “Christianity is the main foundation of Western civilization, the root of our most cherished values. ” Dinesh D’souza 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage In the 1970 s sociologists and academics were predicting the decline

Christian Cultural Heritage In the 1970 s sociologists and academics were predicting the decline of religion and a great growth in secularism in the U. S. much like in Western Europe. 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage Reality has turned out differently! Peter Berger notes the “myth of

Christian Cultural Heritage Reality has turned out differently! Peter Berger notes the “myth of secularization” where he points out that inevitable secularization has lost credibility. 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage The global revival of Religion ► Christianity hemisphere in the southern

Christian Cultural Heritage The global revival of Religion ► Christianity hemisphere in the southern § Christianity is a growing force in many parts of the world ► Islam 3/12/2021 reformation § In the 20 th century Islam grew from 12% to 21% of the worlds population

Primary Locations of Muslims 3/12/2021

Primary Locations of Muslims 3/12/2021

Primary Location of Christians 3/12/2021

Primary Location of Christians 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage The World is Primarily Religious It is primarily among the wealthy

Christian Cultural Heritage The World is Primarily Religious It is primarily among the wealthy and intellectual elites that atheism, agnosticism, and secularism is prominent. 3/12/2021

Our Religious World ► 1. ► 2. ► 3. ► 4. Christianity: 2 billion

Our Religious World ► 1. ► 2. ► 3. ► 4. Christianity: 2 billion Islam: 1. 3 billion Hinduism: 900 million Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 850 million ► 5. Buddhism: 360 million ► 6. Chinese traditional religion: 225 million ► 7. Primal-indigenous 190: million ► 8. Sikhism: 23 million ► 9. Yoruba religion 20 million ► 10. Juche 19 million ► 11. Spiritism: 14 million 3/12/2021

Our Religious World ► 12. Judaism: 14 million ► 13. Baha’I: 6 million ►

Our Religious World ► 12. Judaism: 14 million ► 13. Baha’I: 6 million ► 14. Jainism: 4 million ► 15. Shinto: 4 million ► 16. Cao Dai: 3 million ► 17. Tenrikyo: 2. 4 million ► 18. Neo-Paganism: 1 million ► 19. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand ► 20. Scientology: 750 thousand ► 21. Rastafarianism: 700 thousand ► 22. Zoroastrianism: 150 thousand 3/12/2021

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Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity ‘s Dichotomy ► Mainline § Substantial decline in members ►

Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity ‘s Dichotomy ► Mainline § Substantial decline in members ► Evangelical § Continues to grow § High growth in southern hemisphere 3/12/2021

Major World Religions % of World Population 19002000 3/12/2021

Major World Religions % of World Population 19002000 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage Mainline Christianity ► Presbyterian Church § 1960 had 4. 2 million

Christian Cultural Heritage Mainline Christianity ► Presbyterian Church § 1960 had 4. 2 million members § 2008 has 2. 4 million ► Episcopal Church § 1960 had 3. 4 million § 2009 has 2. 3 million ► United 3/12/2021 Churches of Christ § 1960 had 2. 2 million § 2008 has 1. 3

Christian Cultural Heritage Evangelical Christianity ► Southern Baptist Convention § 1960 had 8. 7

Christian Cultural Heritage Evangelical Christianity ► Southern Baptist Convention § 1960 had 8. 7 million § 2008 has 16. 4 million ► Pentecostalism § 1960 had 20 million § 2008 has 68 million ► Church 3/12/2021 of Christ § 1960 had 750, 000 § 2008 has 1. 2 million

Christian Cultural Heritage Secularism in the West ► There has been growth in secularism

Christian Cultural Heritage Secularism in the West ► There has been growth in secularism § Primarily in Europe and to a lesser degree in the U. S. ►One in five Europeans say religion is important in life ►However many would say they are spiritual § Growth of Non-religious in last century § Decrease in church attendance 3/12/2021

Religious Change – 20 th Century Religion Christians Muslims Nonreligious Hindus Buddhists Chinese Tra.

Religious Change – 20 th Century Religion Christians Muslims Nonreligious Hindus Buddhists Chinese Tra. Ethnic Rel. Other 3/12/2021 1900 Pop. % Pop. 558, 056, 300 34. 5% 200, 102, 200 12. 4% 2, 923, 300. 2% 203, 033, 300 12. 5% 127, 159, 000 7. 8% 450, 000 27. 8 106, 339, 600 6. 6% 21, 364, 000 1. 3% 2000 Pop. % Pop 1, 973, 000 1, 279, 000 938, 000 820, 000 400, 000 383, 000 32. 5% 21. 1% 15. 5% 13. 5% 6. 6% 6. 3% 176, 000 95, 000 2. 9% 1. 6%

Christian Cultural Heritage Secularism and Belief in the West ► Secularism and the U.

Christian Cultural Heritage Secularism and Belief in the West ► Secularism and the U. S. § 14% of population (an increasing %) ► 86% believe in a supreme being ► 60% say their faith is important to them ► 40% attend church ► The U. S. is the most religious in the Western World 3/12/2021

Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity - Southern Hemisphere ► In 1900 more than 80% of

Christian Cultural Heritage Christianity - Southern Hemisphere ► In 1900 more than 80% of Christians lived in Europe § Now 60% live in developing countries § Two out of three evangelical live in Asia, Africa and South America ► In 1900 less than 10% of Africa was Christian § Now 50% are Christian 3/12/2021

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Christianity in America Challenge #1 ► The late 20 th century generation of churches

Christianity in America Challenge #1 ► The late 20 th century generation of churches is declining ► U. S. churches are losing over 3 million people a year to non-religious lifestyles ► 50% of U. S. churches did not record 1 conversion the previous year 3/12/2021

Christianity in America Growth/Decline 1990 -2005 3/12/2021

Christianity in America Growth/Decline 1990 -2005 3/12/2021

Christianity in America Attendance Growth Percentage of Protestant Churches 1994 -2004 3/12/2021

Christianity in America Attendance Growth Percentage of Protestant Churches 1994 -2004 3/12/2021

Christianity in America 400, 000 Churches in America 3/12/2021

Christianity in America 400, 000 Churches in America 3/12/2021

Christianity in America Challenge #2 Each American generation since WWII has become less churched

Christianity in America Challenge #2 Each American generation since WWII has become less churched 3/12/2021

1977 - 1994 1965 - 1976 1948 - 1964 Before 1948 3/12/2021 Thom Rainer,

1977 - 1994 1965 - 1976 1948 - 1964 Before 1948 3/12/2021 Thom Rainer, Sept. 2005

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National Study of Youth & Religion By Christian Smith and Melinda Denton 5% 10%15%

National Study of Youth & Religion By Christian Smith and Melinda Denton 5% 10%15% 30% 25% 3/12/2021 Committed Traditionalists Selective Adherents Religiously Indefferent Spiritually Open Religiously Disconnected Irrelgious

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance I believe I can have a good relationship

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance I believe I can have a good relationship with God without being involved in a church. 3/12/2021 Ed Stetzer, Lost and Found, 2009

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance The church is the only place to learn

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance The church is the only place to learn what it means to be a Christian. 3/12/2021 Ed Stetzer, Lost and Found, 2009

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance 3/12/2021 Ed Stetzer, Lost and Found, 2009

Christianity in America Generational Church Attendance 3/12/2021 Ed Stetzer, Lost and Found, 2009

Churches of Christ in the U. S. Churches of Christ have been a plateaued

Churches of Christ in the U. S. Churches of Christ have been a plateaued movement since 1985 § 1980 -1990 gain of 415 new churches § 1990 -2000 loss of 126 churches § 2000 -2012 loss of 585 churches 3/12/2021

Church of Christ Membership– U. S. 1, 800, 000 1, 600, 000 1, 400,

Church of Christ Membership– U. S. 1, 800, 000 1, 600, 000 1, 400, 000 1, 200, 000 1, 000 Members 800, 000 Adherents 600, 000 400, 000 200, 000 0 1980 3/12/2021 1990 1994 1997 2000 2006 2012

Church of Christ: U. S. 1980 1994 1997 2000 2006 2012 Churches 12, 762

Church of Christ: U. S. 1980 1994 1997 2000 2006 2012 Churches 12, 762 13, 174 13, 013 13, 080 13, 032 12, 963 12, 447 Members 1, 240, 820 1, 284, 056 1, 260, 838 1, 255, 834 1, 264, 152 1, 265, 844 1, 209, 259 Adherents 1, 601, 661 1, 684, 872 1, 651, 103 1, 647, 078 1, 645 1, 639495 1, 554, 579 3/12/2021

Church of Christ: U. S. # of Congregations 13200 13000 12800 12600 12400 12200

Church of Christ: U. S. # of Congregations 13200 13000 12800 12600 12400 12200 3/12/2021 1980 1994 1997 2000 2006 2012

Church Planting Emphasis ► Africa - The number of churches and Christians continue to

Church Planting Emphasis ► Africa - The number of churches and Christians continue to grow – 1, 400, 000 of a population 850, 000 (1 to 600) – 14, 669 churches ► U. S. Membership – 1, 300, 000 of a population of 300, 000 (1 to 230) – 12, 963 churches in 2006 Church of Christ Membership: Africa 1, 400, 000 1, 200, 000 1, 000 800, 000 600, 000 400, 000 200, 000 3/12/2021 0 1989 1992 1994 1997 2000 2009

Religious Groups by Churches - 2000 Religious Group Churches Southern Baptist Members 41, 514

Religious Groups by Churches - 2000 Religious Group Churches Southern Baptist Members 41, 514 15, 922, 039 United Methodist Fourth largest number of 35, 721 8, 326, 616 Catholic Church churches 21, 791 Adherents 19, 881, 467 Eleventh in size for 10, 350, 629 membership Attendees 5, 535, 891 3, 487, 039 62, 035, 042 Churches of Christ 13, 027 1, 264, 808 1, 645, 584 1, 256, 845 Assemblies of God 11, 880 1, 489, 281 2, 561, 998 1, 623, 889 Latter-day Saints 11, 515 Presbyterian Church 11, 106 2, 516, 816 3, 141, 566 1, 303, 216 Evangelical Lutheran 10, 739 3, 798, 370 5, 113, 418 1, 560, 712 2, 314, 756 836, 143 2, 521, 062 968, 073 Episcopal Church 7, 314 3/12/2021 Church - Missouri Lutheran 6, 077 4, 224, 096 1, 922, 763