By Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition
In a recent forum, “Conservative Christianity After the Christian Right,” Tim Keller predicted moderate growth of conservative evangelicalism even as the culture at large has grown more secular. In these remarks, he explains why these trends are leading to increasing polarization:
When I say “growing moderately,” I mean that the number of the devout people in the country is increasing, as well as the number of secular people. The big change is the erosion is in the middle. The devout numbers have not actually gone down that much. It depends on how you read them. But basically, they are not in freefall by any means.
You don’t so much see secularization as polarization, and what is really disappearing is the middle.
Keller sees the middle as having once leaned toward nominal Christianity, out of a sense of respect, tradition, or for social reasons.