Fighting `decline': Mainline churches and the tyranny of aggregate data

Luidens, Donald A.
November 1996
Christian Century;11/6/96, Vol. 113 Issue 32, p1075
Investigates the causes of declining mainline church membership in the United States. Impact of aggregate statistical data on churches; Author's family history as illustrative of the plight of mainline churches; Shifts in family patterns as affecting church growth; Severance of religious faith from institutional moorings as an effect of mobility.


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