Religious Trends

Religion Census: Independent evangelical churches now third largest religious segment in US

“Counted together, independent evangelical congregations comprise one of the largest religious groups in the nation, after Roman Catholics and their evangelical counterparts in the Southern Baptist Convention.” Religion Census charts congregations: 2010 survey is first to list independent evangelical bodies

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"Spirituality is an expression of bottom-up faith and does not always fit into accepted patterns of theology or practice."

“For centuries, faith was top-down: Spiritual power flowed from pope to the faithful, archbishop to Anglicans, priest to the pious, pastor to congregation.

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