Religion in America: Not Encouraging
Here's a take on the decline of the mainline, the rise of folks not identifying with religion, the way the religious right has defined Christianity, and how that has closed off the resources and possibilities of the religion in the wider society.
"The problem was the issues the evangelicals focused obsessively on- abortion, gays often seem warped to many others. Those who might once have called themselves Christian suddenly found the label toxic, if it meant identifying with such a specific political agenda. And so as evangelicalism rose, atheism and nonaffiliation emerged as a reaction."
'What one yearns for is a resuscitation of a via media in religious life-the role the established Protestant churches once played. Or at least an understanding that religion must absorb and explain the facts of modernity...It seems to me that American Christianity, despite so many resources, has ignored its intellectual responsibility"