Requiem for Evangelicalism?

“Evangelicalism doesn’t need a bailout. Much of it needs a funeral.” So writes Michael Spencer in a sobering article in The Christian Science Monitor (“The Coming Evangelical Collapse,” Mar. 10). “We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West. Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants-. Millions of Evangelicals will quit. Thousands of ministries will end.” It will be, Spencer says, “the end of evangelicalism as we know it.”