I find myself thinking a good bit these days about the relationship of the church and Christianity to American culture. It has changed and continues to change at a dramatic pace. Some believe that the church and Christianity have completely lost any standing and that in fact the culture will eventually turn against Christianity and even persecute the church. This understanding is held by the outgoing Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago who says that he expects to die comfortably in his bed, that his successor (already named) will die in prison and that his successor will die a martyr in the public square. If nothing else, you have to admit that is an attention getting way of describing the trajectory of our country and its relationship to Christianity.
Others hope for the pendulum to swing, that there will be a renewal of the relationship of Christianity with the church again having a healthy, wholesome light, salt, and leaven impact on American culture. Who knows?
What follows is a Pew report on what many Americans are thinking now: