Where Catholics go after leaving the Church

The greatest shifts among believers have occurred within Christianity, not away from it

Much of the switching in religious identity in the United States over the past several years occurred among the “nones,” specifically Americans who identify as agnostic or as “nothing in particular.” But the Christian landscape hasn’t remained static in the meantime. Though academics have long wondered whether the US will follow the secularizing trend found in most of Europe, … [Read more...]

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron discusses Martin Luther, “the undisputed father of the Reformation”

"Cantankerous, pious, very funny, shockingly anti-Semitic, deeply insightful, and utterly exasperating"

With great profit and pleasure I’m currently reading Alec Ryrie’s new book Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World. Among the many texts appearing in this year of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, Ryrie’s stands out for its verve, clarity, and historical sweep. In some ways, it is an answer to Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation, though it lacks … [Read more...]