Counting to One and the Evangelical Demon of Numbers

Mark Galli was joking on Facebook when he announced his latest article as being written by one of his favourite authors.

The few friends who read this blog regularly know how much I like the articles written by Mark Galli, from Christianity Today, and that I am not joking about it.

His latest text deals with the pathological obsession with numbers shared by most Evangelicals. The argument is simple. Liberal churches are in decline (numerically), while conservative churches are growing (numerically). Who’s better then? The answer is obvious and worryingly self-gratifying. Nevertheless, the latest figures seem to contradict this vulgata of the good Evangelical. Which offers Galli an excellent opportunity for another great article.

I add below a few quotes, as a teaser. I hope most of you would be intrigued and motivated to read the whole text. Continue reading “Counting to One and the Evangelical Demon of Numbers”