Post-evangelicalism? I guess you can put a “post-” on just about anything. This editorial from a Canadian news organization reflects on Michael’s Spencer‘s “The Coming Evangelical Collapse”:

WINNIPEG – Is the evangelical movement in the U.S. about to collapse?

In a much-discussed and much-debated article in the Christian Science Monitor, Michael Spencer says yes.

In the article, Spencer – who bills himself as “a post-evangelical reformation Christian in search of a Jesus-shaped spirituality-” offered a number of reasons evangelicalism in that country is doomed.

One reason is the way American evangelicals identified with the culture war and with political conservatism. This, he says, has proved to be “a very costly mistake … the evangelical investment in moral, social, and political issues has depleted our resources and exposed our weaknesses … we fell for the trap of believing in a cause more than a faith.”

Another reason is that, despite investing heavily in Christian colleges and spending billions “on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing and media,” evangelicals have failed to pass faith on to their youth. […]

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