(So much for evidence of Christian decline...your statement is but an opinion starman.)
Yes, it's an opinion. But this is an opinion derived from a consensus, an opinion reached by a group as a whole.
The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in
the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and
what, as a nation, we are about to become.
It was a small detail, a point of comparison buried in the fifth
paragraph on the 17th page of a 24-page summary of the 2009 American
Religious Identification Survey. But as R. Albert Mohler Jr.—president
of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest on
earth—read over the document after its release in March, he was struck
by a single sentence. For a believer like Mohler—a starched,
unflinchingly conservative Christian, steeped in the theology of his
particular province of the faith, devoted to producing ministers who
will preach the inerrancy of the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only means to eternal life—the central news of the survey was
troubling enough: the number of Americans who claim no religious
affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent.
Then came the point he could not get out of his mind: while the
unaffiliated have historically been concentrated in the Pacific
Northwest, the report said, "this pattern has now changed, and the
Northeast emerged in 2008 as the new stronghold of the religiously
unidentified." As Mohler saw it, the historic foundation of America's
religious culture was cracking.
"That really hit me hard," he told me last week. "The Northwest was
never as religious, never as congregationalized, as the Northeast,
which was the foundation, the home base, of American religion.
To lose New England struck me as momentous." Turning the report over in
his mind, Mohler posted a despairing online column on the eve of Holy
Week lamenting the decline—and, by implication, the imminent fall—of an
America shaped and suffused by Christianity.
"A remarkable culture-shift has taken place around us," Mohler wrote.
"The most basic contours of American culture have been radically
altered. The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium
has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural
crisis which threatens the very heart of our culture." When Mohler and
I spoke in the days after he wrote this, he had grown even gloomier.
"Clearly, there is a new narrative, a post-Christian narrative, that is
animating large portions of this society," he said from his office on
campus in Louisville, Ky
There it was, an old term with new urgency: post-Christian.
This is not to say that the Christian God is dead, but that he is less
of a force in American politics and culture than at any other time in
recent memory. To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an
evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who
long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians
are now making up a declining percentage of the American population.
The End of Christian America
"When we realize that consciousness and culture are one,
when the split between mind and matter is seen through in the deepest
way, we can no longer see the inner without seeing the outer; we can no
longer see the outer without seeing the inner". ~ Andrew Cohen