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There it was again – in an editorial of a newspaper – the cliché I’ve heard all my life: “What’s good for business is good for America.” As a Christian theologian, I have spoken out against “folk religion,” which consists of unconsidered, unreflective clichés. Is there such a thing, perhaps, as “folk economics”? The editorial […] Read More

Demography, “the science of vital and social statistics,” can help trend-spotters discern and explain many trends in American religion. A rule of concerned participants in religious groups where trends are more often “downward-” than “upward-“pointing is: knowledge of demographic trends can help explain, but it cannot excuse, those who are coping or trying to cope […] Read More

Strategy planning is not what it used to be. There was a time when governments, businesses and even churches planned for the future as if what happened next would be a natural consequence of what had gone before. Of course, this kind of linear thinking no longer applies. Instead of assuming that the future will […] Read More