Baylor University’s Rodney Stark, a social science professor celebrated for his acute understanding of contemporary religion, says to prophets of religious doom and disappearance: Huh? What are you talking about? Had your morning coffee yet?
Of course, we all know, as does Stark, about the Islamic State and its various bloody works. But isn’t Christianity — the world’s biggest faith — on the downswing?
Where churches are weak, watery, and wimpy, the answer is yes. Where they are robust, preaching and teaching the Gospel, the answer is no.
In a pungent, highly informative new book, The Triumph of Faith, Stark says that evidence points to “an ongoing religious awakening. Never before have four out of five people on earth claimed to belong to one of the great world faiths.
“People want to know why the universe exists, not that it exists for no reason, and they don’t want their lives to be pointless. Only religion provides credible and satisfactory answers to the great existential questions.” This is so, no matter how many Ten Commandment signs we may rip from courthouse walls as federal judges beam!