“Sociologist Brad Wright shatters popular myths by sifting through the best available data. He reveals how Christians are doing when it comes to everything from marriage and morality to church growth and public perception. While not all the news is good, it turns out there is a wealth of encouraging information that we're not being told... discover what's really happening in American Christianity.”
What People Have Said About It
“This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read."
—Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University.
“Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good facts in these pages to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention.”
—Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
"Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope that this book goes viral because it shows that there's a lot of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West."
—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
"With wit and wisdom, Wright uses scholarly means to serve kingdom ends, defusing anxiety about the American evangelical prospect and reigniting vision. It's a work of both smart debunking and kind edification, utterly necessary in a time of statistically aided ideological warfare.”
"Wright wants to help Christians think more sanely about the state of American Christianity. But his modest aim and casual tone belie the gift that he gives the church: an even-handed presentation of the conclusions of the discipline of sociology with a frank admission of its limitations. The reader will be wiser for having read this book."
—Books & Culture