Leaning forward over the arm of a high-backed leather chair, author and apologist Lee Strobel was quick to concede that claims of substantial departure from the American church were “exactly true.”
There was a brief pause that followed, as the once legal editor for the Chicago Tribune considered the implications of a diminishing Christian population, eventually forwarding an opinion not often brought to the table. “I’m not so sure that all of it is negative,” he told The Western Journal’s Andrew Sciascia.
After years of widespread fear over the “declining religiosity” of the United States, the assertion was anything but anticipated. Conservative media elements had long assured heartland believers that the church was on a crash-course unseen in centuries, its adherents and potential converts uninterested and its cultural influence spent. There was quickly becoming no place in the U.S. for faith. All the data suggested that America was ceasing to exist