Bruce Longenecker’s The Crosses of Pompeii– Part One of his interview with Ben Witherington https://t.co/sNoFAGpk4f
Renewing the University - Alan Jacobs - National Affairs https://t.co/z26LFskdHP
Is #Brexit National Suicide? | Philip Jenkins, The American Conservative https://t.co/FSWcTrPaAz
Gender and the Trinity: A Medieval Perspective https://t.co/TH8rXLbumQ Beth Allison Barr at the Anxious Bench blog
Two Sides of One Coin? Mapping Buddhist and Christian Decline https://t.co/PfF18reXbF Philip Jenkins, Anxious Bench blog
A Philosopher’s Defense of the Reasoning Believer | @MatthewJFranck reviews @fbeckwith's new book https://t.co/693c3Wzmkz
Philip Jenkins to speak at Pew Trusts event July 12 in D.C. - Global Trends: New Demographics and Their Implications https://t.co/15QCHvkMTd
Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Faith (2015 Winner) — Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards https://t.co/dnkkGV047H
When Did Churches Start Celebrating the Fourth of July? | Thomas Kidd - @TGC https://t.co/ApuxWHE09Q
Alan Jacobs, "The Centrifugal Experience of Knowledge" | Books and Culture https://t.co/Qbqo3WafTw

The End of Religion? – Symposium

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Paul Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary
Baylor University
8:30 am to noon

In recent years, religion’s decline and imminent fall has been a source of intense interest to media and academics alike. Repeated surveys have been cited as showing the decline of American faith, the growth of atheism, and of the number of people admitting to no religion – the famous “Nones” – so that once famously religious America seems set to secularize on the lines of Godless Europe.

The problem is that schema is so multiply flawed as to be close to worthless. To say this is not to reject the methodology or conclusions of any one particular survey or projection, but rather to challenge the working assumptions of all of them. We can cite problems of definition and language; inaccurate understandings of history and historical change; and a stubborn unwillingness to observe and understand the many signs pointing to the resilient growth of religion around the world, and specifically in North America. Whichever approach we use – statistical, historical, comparative, sociological – the secularization narrative falls apart.

A gulf separates what can reliably and responsibly be said about future projections of religion, and the interpretations offered. Our goal in this event is to provide an essential corrective to the Secularization Myth, and to offer ways of understanding and debunking future claims as they arise.

A Godless World?  Signs of a Global Religious Revival-   Rodney Stark

GODLESS EUROPE? –  Philip Jenkins

“Godless Lives?:  Does Religion Matter for Our Well-Being?”  – Jeff Levin

The Myth of American Piety ? – Byron R. Johnson

 Toward a Godless America? – J. Gordon Melton