Several blogs have commented in the decline in religious affiliation and church attendence found by a recent Pew poll.
This is consistent with declines noted in overall church attendance and membership in major denominations, like the SBC. While some churches grow, the overall trend is down.
No doubt there are multiple causes, but in reflecting on how scripture can lose meaning when the cultural context is not considered. I wonder if that is part of the problem. In the last few decades, there has been a fundamentalist/conservative resurgence in some denominations, associated also with increased political involvement, and a rise in emphasis in biblical literalism and young earth creationism… This correlates timewise with the decline in religiosity overall it seems to me. Now, correlation does not mean causation, but I tend to think it may be related, especially in the younger generation where the change is most evident.
What do you think is driving the process? Do you feel biblical literalism is turning people away from Christianity on a societal level? What other factors are involved?