Saturday, April 11, 2009
They say that once the national media picks up on a trend it is already passed. I've blogged about the decline of evangelicalism here and at my other blog and now Newsweek has discovered the trend with a major cover story, The End of Christian America.
James Dobson retired this week. As the head of Focus on the Family he was the last nationally recognized leader of the evangelical political right. I know some are promoting Rick Warren as his successor, but he doesn't (yet) share the same status. This is the first time since Falwell in the 70s that the movement has been without a figurehead. Dobson left the stage admitting the of defeat of their national agenda:
We tried to defend the unborn child, the dignity of the family, but it was a holding action... We are awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.