In the new year I pray for a rebirth of American Christianity
The Pew Research Center reports among its major findings in 2019 a dramatic drop in Americans identifying as Christian.
In 2019, 65% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 77% in 2009. The percentage who identify as religiously unaffiliated -- that is, atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular" -- stood at 26% in 2019, compared with 17% a decade ago.
I think this shift reflects less belief in God, rather than what God Americans choose to worship.
Take, for instance, Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren.
There does not appear to be a single aspect of human existence for which she doesn't have her own answer. Warren thinks she's God, and a shockingly high number of Americans seem ready to line up and worship her.
Warren knows what is just and unjust, how much wealth is too much for any particular individual and how much is not enough. And she feels totally empowered to take from one and give to the other to make the world what it is supposed to be.
Needless to say, in her exalted, divine wisdom, she is ready to deliver the last word on sexual identity, marriage, family and, of course, life and death.
I'm focusing on Elizabeth Warren because she is the most unabashedly outspoken and detailed in her views representing the American left. But she is really the American left itself.
At a recent Democratic debate, Warren said: "I believe abortion rights are human rights. I believe they are also economic rights."
I wonder when candidates make these declarations why the moderators never ask, "How do you know that?" It would give Warren the opportunity to clarify by saying, "I know because I am God."