Last week, John Dickerson, a young evangelical pastor in Arizona, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times forecasting the decline of evangelicalism. This piece was an advance preview of his forthcoming book The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors that will Crash the American Church…and How to Prepare for It. Based on statistical evidence and his contention that our political influence is declining, Dickerson claims that 2012 witnessed a “collapse in American evangelicalism” and that “Evangelicalism as we knew it in the 20th century is disintegrating.”
When I first read the article, I found myself thinking “Yes, but…” While Dickerson makes some interesting observations and cites some thought-provoking statistics, there was something that just didn’t sit right with me. Now my friend Owen Strachan has responded in this piece at Patheos, stating far more eloquently than I could have some of the flaws with Dickerson’s argument. If you are interested in the future of evangelicalism in the United States, I implore you to read both of these articles.
What are your thoughts?Which author more accurately reflects the state evangelicalism in the United States?