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Nov 17, 2010

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sãoray

In my circle of evangelicals, I don't see any more calvinists than at any other time in my life. But the calvinists friends I do have are sure a lot "edgier" now; faux hawks, threaded shirts, apple gadgets, home-brew kits, mma gear, etc...

So, while I haven't seen a resurgence in calvinists numbers (let me play the anecdotal game too =P), I have seen a resurgence in their public relations/image.

Michelle

Very interesting research.I would definitely think that we should be able to see the effect of this generation of Calvinism by now, in the number of churches that identify them self as "Calvinist". 10 years is plenty of time to see changes within the church.

Since I do believe that there are more individuals who adhere to the doctrine of Calvinism today that what there was 10 years ago, I suspect that the Calvinists being turned out of today's universities are really only replacing the former, already established Calvinist churches pastor's, which would not result in growth in the number of Calvinist churches at all.

This is not to say that Calvinism is not growing amongst individuals today BUT they are likely to be attending churches already established.

It would be interesting to see how much already-established Calvinist churches have grown in attendance/membership today, compared to 10 years ago.

Of course, what do I know? It's all conjecture on my behalf.

sãoray

p.s. I think it's interesting that the reformed social media outlets haven't addressed Barna's findings. As far as I can tell, only Stetzer (and he's only psuedo-reformed) has even brought it up. Cognitive dissonance?

Wes Widner

Any statistician who does not release the raw data and methods he used is up to something and ought not be trusted.

As far as I know, Barna has released his source data and has carefully detailed the means he has used to come up with his conclusions.

Oh, and Barna doesn't charge churches to collect his data for him. LifeWay does that.

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