Comments for internetmonk.com http://www.internetmonk.com ...dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness Sat, 23 May 2015 05:16:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971835 Sat, 23 May 2015 05:16:00 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971835 How about, “Why can’t churches band together and promote Jesus Christ?” If I was in a worship service (“worship”, as in, making it about Jesus) and the theme of the service was about what some other church was doing wrong, I’d cry out Hypocrite and leave.

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971834 Sat, 23 May 2015 05:04:55 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971834 No services on Sunday? What, do they view worship as work or something…?

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971833 Sat, 23 May 2015 05:01:41 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971833 …Boone?

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by dumb ox http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971831 Sat, 23 May 2015 04:37:51 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971831 Why can’t churches band together to confront actual heresies plaguing the faith? How many John Galt bumper stickers are in the parking lots of those churches attacking that “progressive” church?

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by oscar http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971830 Sat, 23 May 2015 04:25:57 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971830 No media personality is more inconsequential in my life than David Letterman. Jerry Seinfeld comes in at a close second.

I miss Daniel…

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by dumb ox http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971829 Sat, 23 May 2015 04:15:48 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971829 That was supposed to be boo-ya. Hate iPhone keyboards.

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Comment on Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition by dumb ox http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/56706/comment-page-1#comment-971828 Sat, 23 May 2015 04:08:09 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56706#comment-971828 Boo-ta!

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Comment on Religious Switching 2.0 by Miguel http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/religious-switching-2-0/comment-page-1#comment-971827 Sat, 23 May 2015 03:32:38 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56765#comment-971827 If THEY don’t qualify as “Evangelical,” who does?

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Comment on Religious Switching 2.0 by Eric http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/religious-switching-2-0/comment-page-1#comment-971826 Sat, 23 May 2015 02:46:23 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56765#comment-971826 Interesting to see that of those unaffiliated in childhood, only half have remained so.

One should note also that this graph doesn’t show the changes in overall proportions of affiliation. Even without switching, we would find the unaffiliated growing and the mainline shrinking as the older generation dies and the new generation is added; there would also be changes due to immigration. Would also be interesting to see nominal v active Christians, but there is already so much squeezed in there.

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Comment on Religious Switching 2.0 by The Finn http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/religious-switching-2-0/comment-page-1#comment-971825 Sat, 23 May 2015 01:45:43 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=56765#comment-971825 I believe the population flows heavily favor the Nones. If I zoom in on my own region – neighborhoods with established multi-generational residents [a RARE THING in modern America] have flourishing institutions, included churches/parishes, etc… Other neighborhoods are very different – they either have collapsing institutions [which does not mean the neighborhood itself is collapsing, very different things] but have more groups of loose affiliations around interests and activities.

The Nones are not unique to Religions – there is a decline in affiliation ACROSS THE BOARD – politically, ideologically, even down to the PTA and sports leagues. This is very well documented. Transient highly-mobile, and especially single, people do not affiliate in the same way as settled families do.

In August 2014 America passed a milestone – more than 50% of American Adults are single, for possibly the first time in our history. And people move more often during their lives than ever before. This has profound impacts across the board. What do holidays mean to a majority single childless people? [and looping back around many Holidays have religious trappings and narratives].

There is a lot swirling around in this aside from Religion. I know that zooming back into my own region and the surrounding neighborhoods there has been an incredible – really unbelievable – resurgence of associations related to neighborhoods, parks, and transit. Organs of civic life that were written off as defunct twenty to thirty years ago, you can now fill a ball-room and have benefactors eager to provide free food [meanwhile churches, especially CRC and Lutheran churches, are converted one after the other into apartment and office buildings]. The Nones are thick in these groups, often clearly trying to figure out this Affiliation thing. What happens next? Will this gel into new categories of Affiliation or slowly return to what was before? I have no idea, the process has already been too unexpected to try to predict tomorrow.

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