Religious Americans are being sorted into two kinds of churches — megachurches, and minichurches. Half of the congregations in the United States have 65 people or fewer, while two-thirds of congregations have fewer than 100.
In this issue of A Public Witness, we testify about the uninspiring history of “one nation under God” and civil religion. And we preach about a better way to think about our Christianity and citizenship.
Contributing writer Rodney Kennedy looks at the excessive use of hyperbole in our culture, especially from preachers and politicians. As a teacher of rhetoric and homiletics, he is concerned that hyperbole threatens our commitments and convictions that words matter.
Voices Editor Jeremy Fuzy considers the launch of the University of Austin, especially their announcement of “The Forbidden Courses.” Considering the biblical allusion used by the school, he unpacks the flaw in the philosophy of UA and its founders.
An attorney for one of the White men standing trial in the death of Ahmaud Arbery told the judge Thursday he doesn’t want “any more Black pastors” in the courtroom after the Rev. Al Sharpton sat with the slain man’s family.
In this issue of A Public Witness, we take you on a college tour to Southwest Baptist University and several other Christian schools embroiled in governance conflicts this year. Then we offer some lessons on why these issues matter to Christian communities.
In recent weeks, state Baptist groups in North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, and California have set up committees or task forces to address sexual abuse. Attempts to set up similar responses failed in Mississippi and Missouri.
In episode 25 of Dangerous Dogma, Randall Balmer, a professor at Dartmouth College, talks about his new book 'Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right.' He also discusses his evangelical upbringing and his ministry as an Episcopal priest.