@NicoleMatejic @profagagne Yes, that's exactly what it was. But - to get wonky - if you come from an Orthodox Christian background, then... Well, there's a giant tome published in 2000 or 2001, "World Christian Trends AD30 - AD2200". It was a massive research project about taking an intricately detailed..
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne ...snapshot of where global Christianity is now. It was an academic mapping project - with no precedent - intended t help spread the faith. Hundreds of academics around the globe were involved. It was not about propaganda. It had to be as accurate as humanely possible. OK, next..
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne ..."World Christian Trends" (WCT) categorizes the vast variety of traditions within the faith. One was the "Third Wave" a hyper charismatic movement believed to encompass some 295 million Christians globally. WCT's authors called 3rd Wave Christianity "disturbingly different"...
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne & said it had no historic connection to traditional Christianity. The 3rd Wave is becoming a dominant political force within American conservative Christianity. It is out of the 3rd Wave that the New Apostolic Reformation is coalescing (or crudescing, perhaps)...
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne I doubt this is news to @profagagne or @C_Stroop. But my point was to emphasize that, in my opinion, this sad misadventure was tied to a rising tendency that represents a sharp rupture from historic Christianity. For a visceral sense of what I'm getting at, check out...
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne @C_Stroop "This American Life" show segment #77 ("Pray") about what happens when a secular Jewish journalist went to Ted Haggard's old megachurch in CO Springs. The whole church membership was doing "spiritual mapping", street by street, of CO Springs, in order to drive out the demons.
@NicoleMatejic @profagagne @C_Stroop One clarification - The 3rd Wave was estimated at 295 million in 2000. It's far bigger now.
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