The rise of secularism is undeniable as the religiously unaffiliated are the largest and fastest growing group among young people today. To explore the possible meanings, and consequences, of this development, we are beginning a Dialogue on Religion and Secularism, which aims to fulfill our mission of articulating the Christian message to the modern by engaging specifically with those who are irreligious. Our aim is to create discussions around specific questions regarding secularism, religion, and the relationship between them. We hope to avoid the all-too-common and honestly quite dull “debates” that have characterized interactions with New Atheists and conservative Christians in the past by having an open and honest dialogue on the role, import, and meaning of religion and how it may be understood in a postmodern, secular world.

The articles featured in this dialogue will be more academic and systematic than the other articles on Christianity Now due to our desire to present these  perspectives as fully as possible. We invite you to enter into these discussions by considering the questions these pieces intend to address for ourselves, and we challenge you to engage critically, and personally, with the perspectives provided here, in the hopes of furthering the spirit of honest inquiry and worthwhile dialogue.

Disclaimer: Any view expressed in any given article is solely the view of the writer. No perspective expressed in any particular article is representative of the editors or other contributors at Christianity Now. All articles on Christianity Now are published for the sole purpose of advancing the conversation on the Christian message and its import for the modern world. We aim to create open and honest dialogue and that means publishing a variety of content, not just content the editors or other contributors agree with. In this way, we value diversity over uniformity, freedom of speech over censorship, and honesty over conformity.

What Do We Lose If We Lose Religion?

After the Exit: Reflections on Losing Religion

After the Exit: Reflections on Losing Religion by Justin Clark

“The largest growing religious demographic in the US is “none,” which isn’t necessarily atheist but not explicitly religious either. The loss of our traditionally religious life doesn’t spell the end of the numinous all together. Rather, it represents the gain of an intellectually vibrant and diverse culture that isn’t afraid to be different.”

Listen to the follow-up conversation here:

Reason Revolution Episode 9: The Future of Faith

Reason Revolution Episode 9 - The Future of Faith - A Conversation with Tylor Lovins

“In this conversation, Tylor shares with Justin his evolving sense of philosophy and theology, the impact that secularism has had on religion and politics, the problems associated with “identity politics,” and the nature of beliefs in the modern world.”

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