Stop believing the false narrative that Christianity is declining, and discover the truth about the health of the church in America and around the world.
Much has been made of the so-called "nones" - those who claim no spiritual affiliation. Media has spun the nones into a chicken-little the sky is falling narrative. The nones are an infamously difficult subsection to understand and there is a lot of false information on them. Glenn Stanton believes the nones story has become overblown and has become "a thing" due to curiosity and repetition of their supposed irreligiosity. THE MYTH OF THE DYING CHURCH digs deeply into the research concerning spirituality in America and reveals the hope and truth about the vitality and future of the church.
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About the Author
GLENN T. STANTON is the director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family. He debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the world.
Stanton also served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program. Stanton is the author of eight books on marriage and families and a regular columnist for various blogs. He is also the co-writer of "Irreplaceable" a film seen in theatres nationwide, and the co-author and creator of "The Family Project," a 12-session small group DVD curriculum produced by Focus on the Family. Stanton earned bachelor's degrees in communication, arts, and religion, and a master's degree in philosophy, history and religion from the University of West Florida.
Table of Contents
Forward Byron R. Johnson, Baylor University xv
Introduction: What You've Been Told is True … is Not xix
1 Is Chicken Little Right? 1
2 The Truth Is Much More Hopeful Than You Think 11
3 The Explosive Growth of "the Nons" 33
4 The Nones Are Not New 53
5 Stick a Fork in It: The Major Fail of Liberal Christianity 59
6 How Is Christianity Doing Globally? 71
7 Are Young People Really Leaving the Church? 97
8 Passing Faith to Our Kids Is neither a Crapshoot nor Rocket Science 107
9 "Is My Church Shrinking?" and Other Questions to Consider 137
10 How Can Smart People Get It So Wrong? 161
11 The Holy Spirit Is Not Asleep at the Wheel 175
Conclusion: What the Future Requires 189