As one might imagine, there has been much introspection and analysis within American religious communities as we reflect on the statistics that indicate a drop in the number of those who identify as Christians in the United States. The popular media has widely reported that while there was an all time high of 83% of Americans that identified as Christians in 2007, that number is down to 67% today. Some ministers have observed this as being due to a general failure to catechize or disciple members of the church. Catechize is a term used by Catholics while disciple is used by Protestants; both refer to the process of instructing core Christian principles, Church doctrine, and meaning of the various teachings in the Bible. Therefore many ministers, myself included, recognize that as a whole we have failed to teach what it is to be a Christian.
This general illiteracy of the Bible and Christian principles is often illustrated in the Continue reading