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David Gregory's The Last Christian was another pleasant surprise: a Christian novel that is not cheesy, not preachy, but well-written and explicitly Christian. Gregory paints a convincing picture of the not-too-distant future, while weaving a suspenseful story of faith and the nature of humanity itself.More importantly for Christian readers is the demise of Christianity. In Gregory's future, it takes only a couple of generations for the practice of Christianity to die out. In a lecture in his American culture class, he outlines the causes. I think they are worth reproducing here.The FIVE causes of "the decline and disappearance of Christianity in twenty-first century America."1. Scientific progress. Evolutionary theory, especially.2 The culture war. "The more strident that religionists became in their attempt to control government, the less others were attracted to Christianity."3. "The backlash against religion in general due to Islamic fundamentalism."4. A philosophical shift rejecting absolute truth and seeing all truth as social construction.5. "Lack of distinctiveness." Behaviors of religious and nonreligious people became indistinguishable. The megachurch movement "was the beginning of the end, a last gasp of the Christian religion. They adopted a new marketing strategy, using their gatherings to appeal to outsiders with popular entertainment and practical life helps. But that didn't produce a lifestyle any more distinctive than before."
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