Institutional religion, especially churches, are rapidly declining in America and there is no lack for explanations from all sides -religious and secular explanations.

Yet, any explanation for why religions are declining must also be able to explain why virtually every secular social institution, like the boy scouts, the free masons, and the NAACP, are also declining in membership.

It's not just churches, people just don't know how to be a part of a community anymore.

Ok, THAT is getting screenshoted and shared with friends

@RL_Dane My personal pet theory: Television and in-home on-demand entertainment.

Being part of a community takes a little bit of work and risk. Watching television provides parasocial relationships that require no work and no risk. This encourages people to just forgo the work and risk of being involved in a community and just stay home and watch TV.

Also, social media provides the illusion of socializing with others without having to leave one's recliner.


@daver @RL_Dane Exactly. And it makes me think you care about me because we are interacting with each other regularly.

But if I asked you if I could come crash at your house for a weekend, that would be weird because you don't actually care about me at all. (That's okay.)

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