The conversation, then, is supposed to take on a "change-or-die" funeral tenor to advance the cultural narrative that the relic of Christianity is on its way out. Our world, it is inferred, is evolving beyond religion -- especially the evangelical kind.
So, you can imagine the wrench it throws into their gears when I declare my fanatical optimism for Christianity's future.
Think about it.
The evidence is everywhere.
Never before have masses of evangelicals and Catholics been more engaged in the public square. The novelty of Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority has been multiplied a thousand times over, cementing the role of evangelicals and Catholics in every major election since Ronald Reagan. This was especially apparent in 2012 when evangelicals represented 27% of the electorate (the highest ever) with 78% of them voting for a single candidate, a Mormon nonetheless.
Prominent Christians, like Mike Huckabee, have the ability to instantly mobilize millions of Christians in support of causes that matter to them, and the Obama administration's hostility toward religious liberty didn't shove people of faith into obscurity. The bullying ignited a powder keg of religious liberty that has produced unprecedented solidarity among Catholics and Evangelicals, almost like we've never seen before.
Meanwhile, people are converting in droves.
In metropolitan cities around the world, Christianity is exploding, and tens of thousands hold worship services each Sunday in mega-megachurches across the U.S.
The Internet has empowered the faithful with new tools to reach people sitting in their homes in nations -- like Iran -- whose archaic systems greet proselytizing with imprisonment.
Today, anyone "Googling for God" can be directed to the Bible in their own language. Liberty University, the world's largest Christian university, alone provides liberal arts education in more than 200 programs of study to some 100,000 on-campus and online students.
In the "global south," Brazil's evangelical population has swelled by 30% in the last decade, even faster than its economic boon.
The same is true in the east, where China has become, perhaps unwittingly, an incubator for Christianity.
In Africa, the church even oversees some American congregations who've broken off from their liberal denominations. This faith is no mere "white man's religion" but an indigenous force that influences every facet of African society.
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