While some narratives suggest that the sky is falling for Christianity, sociologist Bradley Wright takes an optimistic approach. Not only are evangelicals holding steady in their numbers, they are not perceived by those outside the faith as negatively as most people think. And, many people who do not affiliate with a particular religion are open to spirituality. These are all good things for people who like to share the good news.
In Today’s Conversation podcast hosted by NAE President Walter Kim, you’ll hear Bradley and Walter discuss these numbers as well as:
- Why people are attracted to failure narratives;
- What the numbers say about racial bias in churches and how to foster self-control;
- What kinds of research questions the Church should be asking; and
- How pastors and other Christian leaders can meaningfully decipher and employ research.
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Walter: If you could share one message with Christian leaders about what you have learned, what would it be?
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- What is an Evangelical? — National Association of Evangelicals
- “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites … and Other Lies You’ve Been Told” — Bradley R. E. Wright
- “Upside: Surprising Good News About the State of Our World” — Bradley R. E. Wright
- “Is American Christianity on Its Last Legs? The Data Say Otherwise.” — Christianity Today article by Bradley Wright
- “The Science of Sinning Less” — Christianity Today article by Bradley Wright with David Carreon
- “Dear Pastor, Can I Come to Your Church?” — Christianity Today article by Bradley Wright
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