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Morning Roundup 10/30/14

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Heaven, Hell, Heresy; Churchless Americans; 43 Largest Faiths

Americans Believe in Heaven, Hell, and a Little Bit of HeresyBob Smietana

Here’s our story on the recent research release on Americans and their religious beliefs.

Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Grossman with some helpful data that she relates to my comments about nominal Christians. In that post on the state of the church in America, I indicated:

As I see it, the numbers of people who those of us in the church would say are actually committed Christians—those who are practicing a vibrant faith—are not dying off. The Church is not dying. It is just being more clearly defined.
The "Nones" category is growing quickly, but the change is coming by way of Cultural and Congregational Christians who no longer feel the societal pressure to be "Christian." They feel comfortable freeing themselves from a label that was not true of them in the first place. Convictional Christians are not leaving the faith; the "squishy middle," as I like to call it, is simply being flattened.

Here’s some new research that points to that reality— that the “cultural Christians” are, well, unchurched.

Do people in your church believe in God? Two graphs of America’s 43 largest faithsTobin Grant

If you are not reading Tobin Grant’s column, you are missing some good analysis and an interesting take on belief in God by denomination.

Download this week's edition of The Exchange Podcast with Darrell Bock.

Guest host Micah Fries hosts Dr. Tony Merida in this episode of The Exchange. Merida founded Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. He also serves as the Associate Professor of Preaching ...

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