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    “It’s Not My Fault.”

    The number of people acknowledging that they have no religious affiliation has increased dramatically since 1991 as reported in an article published on-line called “Is America Becoming Godless?” (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6886705/Is-America-Godless-number-people-no-religion-rose-266-three-decades.html)

    A political science professor at Eastern Illinois University did the analysis using the religious categories of

                · Evangelical

                · Roman Catholic

                · Mainline Protestant

                · Black Protestant

                · Jewish

                · Other

                · None

    Although there are several theories put forth in the article regarding the rise of the “Nones,"  the actual answer seems to be buried at the bottom of the article.

    It turns out that the professor who analyzed the data and reported the results is also a Baptist minister–not an Evangelical Baptist but a Mainline Baptist.

    In his own words, “My church is on the decline. We had 50 [congregants] in 2005 and now we have 15. We're probably going to have to close [in a few years]. Mainline Christianity is dying; it’s at least going away. It makes me feel more comfortable that it's not my fault or my church's fault. It's part of a bigger trend that's happening.” 

    So why do we have a rise in the “Nones?” 

    Because there are plenty of pastors and ministers who feel “comfortable” in being part of a bigger trend.

    -John Bingaman, April 2019

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