Could Empty-Church Syndrome Move South?

Excerpt:  Mark A. Noll, the historian of American religion most distinguished for his celebrated book, "The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind," (the scandal being that too many evangelicals don't use the gray matter God gave them, and many think it wrong to even try) confesses himself mystified of late by a country called Canada."What Happened to Christian Canada?" he asks, and that's the title of his little booklet published this year by Regent College Publishing in Vancouver. It has been widely ignored by the Canadian new media. It's more essay than book, and in about 50 pages sets forth some statistics and other information I have never seen assembled under a single cover by any Canadian author. Some sample facts:

In 1961, only one-half of 1 percent of Canadians told the census takers they were not attached to any religious body. The figure rose to 4.3 percent in 1971 and 16.2 percent in 2001.

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