Televised Evidence of Collapse of Mainline Protestantism

What a Difference 27 Years Makes,” by Ramesh Ponnuru, The Corner, 7 April 2005, http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/05_04_03_corner-archive.asp#060146.

An insightful post on the changing face of Protestantism. The old liberal churches — the Presbytarians, the Evangelical Lutherans, and so on, are collapsing. Since the 1970s they have liberalized their faith and the price they are paying is slow death.

Apparently, this has ceased being news. Televised coverage of the Pope’s Death had evangelical after evangelical after evangelical… with not a Mainliner to be seen.

An email I got several days ago: “In watching the coverage, I’ve noticed something that you are too young to know about and no one else (to my knowledge) has commented on. When Pope Paul VI died (followed shortly after by the death of Pope John Paul I) commentary was sought, of course, from Protestant theologians and church officials. With one exception (Billy Graham), the Protestants invited to comment were associated with the mainline churches. They were National Council of Churches types. . . . In the past two days, I haven’t seen a single such commentator (of course, it is possible that I’ve missed one or more). Instead, the Protestant voices that are being presented–Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, Richard Land, etc.–are all Evangelicals. This seems to be true, by the way, not simply on Fox, but on CNN, MSNBC, and the networks. This, I believe, is telling. For all intents and purposes, mainline Protestantism has become irrelevant in this country. It is more marginal today than evangelicalism was when John Paul II became the Vicar of Christ. [My emailer is Catholic–RP.] Even the secular liberal media types seem implicitly to recognize that the Protestantism that matters in this country now is evangelical. This is a real transformation.”

The irony is that Mainline Protestantism abandoned faith to keep people in the pews. Fortunately, it didn’t work.

0 thoughts on “Televised Evidence of Collapse of Mainline Protestantism”

  1. I for one welcome our coming Theocracy. I can't wait until I'm persecuted for my belief in freedom of speech, religion, right to congregate, engagement in pre-marital intimacy, desire to sleep in on Sunday, right to vote as I choose, etc.

    However, I do seriusly look forward to the advancements in society that a resurgance in fire-and-brimstone faith will bring:

    – Abolition of the death penalty.
    – Greater stewardship of God's Earth, and greater protection for God's creatures, both great and small.
    – Harsher penalties for drug abusers.
    – Women and children being seen and not heard.
    – Arabs and other non-believers perishing at the hand of God's Chosen Army.
    – Jerry Falwell using his donations to completely cure all the sick.
    – Those quacks, “doctors” and “scientists” driven into the street and cast into the snakepits.

    Hmm… I seem to be getting sarcastic again. Nothing a little prayer can't fix. I'll post again once I've consulted the scriptures on what to do… I mean, why use my God-given reason or logic when I can simply make assumptions based on tenets of the Church? Bless you all.

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