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> evengelicals are definitely having a hard time up here!

I see no evidence of this here in rural Virginia. I not only have yet to ever see a church close, but new churches are being built all the time. Evangelicals may not be growing in number, but they still retain massive power to influence education and other social policy issues.

Evangelicalism is all about financial and political power -- the actual beliefs and practices are secondary. Just as I don't see a decline in right-wing Republicans, I don't see evangelicals fading away any time soon.

Don't forget that 40-50% of Americans are creationists. It's going to literally take generations to achieve Dawkins-style scientific rationality. It's too early to celebrate yet.

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 12:39:00 UTC | #179627