Greg Forster—author of the excellent book Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It (foreword by Tim Keller)—offers his predictions about evangelicalism over the next five years:
- Evangelicals will lose little ground as a percentage of the American population.
- Evangelicals will hold steady on core beliefs, but will often sound like we aren’t.
- Evangelical cultural influence will decline in the short term as we are persecuted and excluded.
- A new Religious Right and a Benedict Option movement will both rise and flame out quickly.
- Evangelicals will cultivate local, holistic responses to economic and sexual destruction.
- Evangelicals will embrace a “hopeful realism” about America, and end up in a position of strength.
You can read his explanation of each point here.