This is the first article of a three-part series called, “The New Era of Faith”. Today is, “A Brief History of Fundamentalism” in which we look back and look at how we’ve arrived at our current trajectory. Later this week, “The Greatest Generation (Gap)”, and discuss the current cultural forces that divide two generations of faith in very historically unique ways. Finally, we’ll end with, “A Church in Transition, But To Where?” and bring it all together and explore the future of faith in America.
Recent controversy across the body of Christ resurrected some old arguments which were, consciously or unconsciously, used as the framework to conduct new ones. Marriage and media were merely this week’s context to hold, online and in real-time, centuries-old debates between the conservative establishment and the restless progressive. However, the modern mode of ultra-fast communication has changed more than how we talk about issues of faith with one another. The social media world has empowered a generation of disaffected, smart young thinkers like few other times in church history. The pioneer faith of early America is transitioning to the progressive faith of the 21st century. What will American Christianity look like a decade from now?