The Future of Christianity in America and the World


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The Church is divided. The traditional line of division within western Christianity between Protestant and Catholic has receded. The Church is now divided between liberals and conservatives and between North and South.

The recent schism in the Methodist Church over gay rights illustrates the point. At its general conference in St. Louis this year, the delegates rejected gay marriage and LGBT clergy. Conservative Methodists in America combined with representatives from Africa, Asia, and South America to defeat the inclusive One Church plan and opted for the Traditional plan instead.

The balance of power in the Church is shifting to the South. While Western Christianity is in decline, Christianity is growing throughout Asia, Africa, and South America. This shift is often misdescribed in the West as "Post-Christendom.”

How can make Christianity more compassionate and liberating?

Can we practice our faith and do justice advocacy separately with other groups separate from our religious activities and at the same time remain true to our calling as religious,spiritual, or ethical people to be a blessing to others and compassionate toward all the people of the world and to all of life?

What future do you see for Christianity or for your faith or belief system?

We will talk about these and other issues with Professor of Philosophy Joseph Dowd.

My name is Rich Procida and I write about Progressive Christianity, politics and the supernatural at and at

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