The Coming Evangelical Collapse

Michael Spencer, a.k.a. InternetMonk, is predicting a major collapse of evangelical Christianity in the next ten years. He is calling evangelicalism away from its therapeutic, consumer-driven megachurches and back to theological orthodoxy. What will be left from this collapse will be a much more vibrant, apolitical, and less ambitious (in an American sense) Christianity.

I am always skeptical when I read these kinds of prophetic pronouncements, but I think Spencer may just be right. Read the piece for yourself and let us know what you think.

2 thoughts on “The Coming Evangelical Collapse

  1. Just as the middle class is always rising, the peasants are always revolting, and the evil claw of patriarchy will reach out to get you too, my pretties, so the evangelical era is always collapsing. Sic transit gloria mundi. (Just a guess.)

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  2. First, I might be biased, because I’ve never figured out what the attraction of the Internet Monk was.Second, I tried to give the article a chance, but right off the bat, his claim that “In the “Protestant” 20th century, Evangelicals flourished” is at best debatable. Towards the end of the 20th c. evangelicalism flourished, but in the first half of the century, the common wisdom would not have seen much of a future for Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, and Evangelicalism (to whatever extent there was something called evangelicalism).Third, I’m using _Prophecies of Godlessness_ in my Religion in America class, which traces the enduring theme of predictions (whether as warning or celebration) of the imminent disappearance of religion in America. It provides some perspective.And fourth, of course therapeutic consumer-driven megachurches are going to collapse. Haven’t the likes of Os Guinness, John Seel, and Mike Horton been predicting this for over a decade?

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