The Eclipse of White Christian America

That is the title of a recent article by Robert Jones, the head of PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute). The subtitle is, “A once powerful demographic group is losing ground in American politics.” This is a nice demographic analysis showing that white Protestants are losing their dominance, and that within a few decades, a majority of America will be non-white. I was surprise to find that the Southern Baptist Convention is already losing membership. I remember back in the days of the Moral Majority when they threatened to dominate the religious landscape.

PRRI and the Brookings Institute co-sponsored a survey that I recently reviewed, commenting, among other things, on America’s nostalgia for the 1950s, and noting racial bias concerning immigration and elsewhere. Strangely, in that joint report with Brookings, Mr. Jones did not discuss any of this demographic analysis. In any case, the halcyon days of old white guys are gone. They are rejected by millennials, and will soon be overwhelmed by people of color and “nones.”.