As many of you know from my many articles about the harm religion causes our society, I'm not exactly a fan of religion.
I do, however, respect your right to believe whatever crazy things you might think appropriate. Even if I do my best to debunk it.
I am a realist. I do realize that Atheists' dream of a religion free world is at best, centuries away, and at worst, a pipe dream. So, there will be, for the foreseeable near future, some form of religion to deal with.
So believe me when I say that I've got some advice for American Christians in light of the new Pew Research poll released this week, which noted that not only are Americans deserting their religion in droves (Pew's words!), but the trend isn't slowing down.
Back off from the extremism. Forget the mythical miracles, the unproven Resurrection, the ghastly, bloody crucifixion, the misogynistic paternalism. None of that is a winning ticket in today's America, and especially not to the new Millennials. If you keep that stuff up, in less than a generation's time from today, your churches will stand empty, foreclosed on by either banks or local governments once your tax exempt status is revoked.
Which it will be.
At least some of the "nones" still do believe in some form of spiritualism and are probably actively searching for something - anything - that can replace that old comforting feeling they got sitting in your sanctuary, listening to the music and knowing that all was right with the world.
So, if you still crave that old fashioned secular power tug, enhanced by plenty of donated cash, you can still reinvent yourself into something the younger generation will buy into.
Literally, of course. What good is popularity with no money? I'd be careful, though. Many of them are a bit more discerning, what with all the online scams they're used to dealing with.
I'd read a few Science Fiction stories. Those folks know how to invent religion! (After all, look what L. Ron Hubbard did with Scientology!). I'm sure there are some real good ideas floating around the genre these days. Hey, and those Millennials do read that stuff!
You can't do any worse than Paul did 2000 years ago.