Church attendance tied to community's moral health

Church attendance tied to community's moral health

Church attendance tied to community's moral health

A Christian apologist says though church attendance is down, America is becoming "almost hyper-religious," and that isn't a good thing.

Several surveys that track church attendance around the world note that it is on the decline both in Europe and in the U.S., with Scandinavia and New England leading the way respectively.

According to the Household Pulse Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle is the least religious city in the U.S., with almost two-thirds of the population never attending church services.

The Cooperative Election Study and European Social Survey have found that New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont are also at the bottom in America, with 12%-14% attending church weekly.

In Denmark, Norway, and Finland, only 3%-4% attend church each week.

McFarland, Alex (Christian apologist) McFarland

"All of these countries in previous years, decades, or centuries had a once robust Christian presence," notes Dr. Alex McFarland. "Now we see a lot of countries where church attendance is very low."

He says that decline is the main reason for the moral, cultural, and social decline that is happening today.

"There is a direct correlation between the presence of the gospel, strong church attendance, and the social and moral health of a community or a country," the apologist asserts.

He adds, though, that the lack of church attendance does not necessarily mean a lack of religion.

"I don't think America is becoming less religious," McFarland observes. "I think America is becoming almost hyper-religious, but it's paganism and secularism."

Seattle, the nation's least religious city, has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime there is one in 15.