If you’ve ever traveled in Europe you might have been puzzled to find their churches empty, converted into tourist attractions. Despite all of the talk of American religiosity, there is reason to think that the same trends are at work in the US.
A post at Forbes revisits the notion of “Disorganized Religion” as the dominant religious phenomenon in the US. Rather than a sign of religious enthusiasm, it seems to be a symptom of the decline of Christianity. That decline is partially due to weaker religiosity, but it also relates to the thinning out of our social capital institutions. As a sign of the wider devolution of power away from traditional institutions, it helps explain the growing brittleness of our political system.