Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Why are White evangelicals embracing an anti-democratic movement? Because they’re panicking.

I’ve always suspected that as the demographic of conservative white Christians continued to shrink in size and lose power politically, they would become more militant and more likely to embrace ideologies and perspectives further outside of the mainstream.  However, the future of conservatism in the US is less likely to resemble QAnon or even the old-fashioned religious right as much as perspectives like #walkaway, “barstool” conservatism of the kind associated with figures like Dave Portnoy, or David Rubineseque quasi-libertarianism.

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

White Christians have been holding their numbers in terms of their share of the U.S. population, but not for the reasons one might expect. As the Public Religion Research Institute reported in its annual survey released last week: “The slight increase in white Christians between 2018 and 2020 was driven primarily by an uptick in the proportion of white mainline (non-evangelical) Protestants and a stabilization in the proportion of white Catholics.” Most striking, and most significant for our politics, “[s]ince 2006, white evangelical Protestants have experienced the most precipitous drop in affiliation, shrinking from 23% of Americans in 2006 to 14% in 2020. That proportion has generally held steady since 2017 (15% in 2017, 2018, and 2019).”

I asked Robert P. Jones, chief executive of PRRI and author of “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” if the decline in evangelical affiliation was related to the increasingly political nature of churches belonging to the denomination. “In a word, yes,” he said. “It’s clear that White evangelical Protestants have been losing ground among young people. As they have shrunk over the last decade, their median age has risen from 53 to 56, compared to a median age of 47 in the country overall.”


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  1. You ‘r reading the wrong records,,,, go back to school- ‘u have a talent for going back only far enough to prove ‘ur story ,, not getting to the ‘truth!,,, I’ve lived thru these stories many times over -about the ‘world coming to an end- the world-famous tale that makes a few people very rich! ‘n still led by the same man,,, what a farce! The world will burn (?) when God wants it to burn – ‘n it’s not time yet,,,, even if ‘ur group tells all these great stories- as I said – told by the same ‘con artist’ that’s been telling his tales for a good fifty yrs…. Untrue!

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