Friday, April 3, 2015

Ross' Book and One Other: Smoke and Bad Religion

Ross Douthat of the Times has written:

"Right now, if you look around the United States, you’ll see a landscape in which religious practice has declined and traditional religious institutions have weakened relative to where things stood sixty years go. This decline is a complicated thing; the story could fill a book. But the weakening of institutional faith is clearly entangled, in various ways, with changes in family structure and communal life, particularly among the working class."

I have read this book, and it is remarkably prescient. I also say that the story of how traditional Catholicism has weakened relative to sixty years ago could also fill a book....