Mainline Churches: The Real Reason for Decline

Johnson, Benton; Hoge, Dean R.; Luidens, Donald A.
March 1993
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Mar1993, Issue 31, p13
Discusses the reasons for the decline in the membership in mainline denominations in the U.S. since the 1960s. Decision of mainline churches to decline to the secularizing effects of industrialization, urbanization, and the spread of mass education; Tendency of adolescents to drop out of church; Shift toward individual autonomy and freedom from institutional restraints; Participation in countercultural activities that are correlated with church participation.


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