Sunday, December 14, 2008

Poor economy packs pews

According to this story in today's New York Times, tough economic times mean an increase in attendance at Christian churches, most specifically evangelical ones.

The article, which states "Many ministers have for the moment jettisoned standard sermons on marriage and the Beatitudes to preach instead about the theological meaning of the downturn," goes on to discuss a study that suggests that evangelical movements and churches flourish in uncertain times, a view that religion historians downplay.

The end of the article explores why mainline Protestant and Catholic churches have not seem attendance increases on the level of evangelical ones.

The article didn't mention if adherents of other faiths are flocking to their services as well, which could be an important element of balance in the story.

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