An essay explaining why the decline of membership in the church is due to their outdated ideas and lack of progresiveness
Peter Buckley, Fall 2015
This essay talks about decline in membership that Church has been seeing in recent years. The majority of Christian Churches have been declining in population at a rate of a couple percent each year. What is the reasoning, which a church that has steadily grown, developed multiple denominations, and spread to every corner of the earth, is starting to move in a backwards spiral in membership after experiencing thousands of years of growth.
In this essay I attempt to argue that the reasoning the Church is experiencing lack of growth and declining membership is their overall lack of adapting to the times. We are currently experiencing some of the most progressive ideas in society the world has most likely ever seen. In a time where everyone is offended by everything, and accepting of everyone, the church needs to make a change.
The majority of Christian Churches, are not accepting of many things that seem perfectly normal today. I discuss how their overall exclusion of homosexuals, degrading position towards women, opposition towards interfaith marriage, outdated practices, and lack of presence in the public school system can be credited towards their recent struggles in retaining members.
The Church is a group that, for the most part, has kept the same ideals since the beginning of their existence. They have made minor improvements over time, however, if they do not significantly update their beliefs, their lack of progressive ideas will be the cause of their downfall. It is time for the Church to change, and that time is now.