I have long attempted to explain that there is a difference between authentic Christianity and Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity. While the former respects the views of others, the latter attempts to force their views on others. While the former is motivated by love toward others, the latter is based on hatred for all who are different. While the former practices meeting the needs of the poor, the latter focuses on assuaging the greed of the 1%. I’m happy to learn that authentic Christianity is rising.
One-in-five Americans are religious progressives, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Using a religious orientation scale that “combines theological, economic, and social outlooks,” researchers argued that while the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans continues to rise, a growing coalition of young, diverse, and politically-active Americans are connecting their faith with progressive values.
“Our new research shows a complex religious landscape, with religious conservatives holding an advantage over religious progressives in terms of size and homogeneity,” Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, said in a press release. “However, the percentage of religious conservatives shrinks in each successive generation, with religious progressives outnumbering religious conservatives in the Millennial generation.”
According to the survey, 23 percent of people aged 18 to 33 are religious progressives, while 22 percent are nonreligious and 17 percent are religious conservatives. By contrast, only 12 percent of those aged 66 to 88 are religious progressives, whereas 47 percent are said to be religious conservatives…
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Of course, the biggest opponent of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity is Jesus, because they are today’s version of the Pharisees and Sadducees that he drove from the temple. Authentic faith is never a threat to others, no matter what the religion. That occurs only when faith is replaced by extreme dogma.