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Sunday morning we take a look at the estate of christianity and how it may sometimes be seen negatively.
In the media but a recent report says the number of churches.
Has increased an attendance at those churches actually on the rise just a little bit joining us is Fox -- religion contributor Father Jonathan -- good to see your father.
We bring this up there's a New York Times article recently that stated -- conservative christianity has been.
Compromised and liberal christianity as -- -- collapsed.
You suggest otherwise you know for -- believe it's very good article that that columnist roster and that is an excellent.
Journalist and he had great great author.
What he's saying is that the mainline Protestant traditions we think of massive -- to -- a presbyterian.
That has definitely diminished.
By both -- number of clergy and also in attendance but what we're seeing and this is another article that showed.
Perhaps something that should have been added in Ross's report.
Yes those mainline churches have been diminishing but mega churches or in large churches are on the increase you guys know that last week.
Sixty million Americans attended church.
That is more that is more than the number of people throughout the whole year who stood in the college football stadium.
While they're also I don't know that's a lot of that's a lot of that's a lot of people -- -- -- do you like this trend at the little church on your corner of the Protestant church and a quarter.
May be diminishing her going however the mega church is -- from I think we can learn from I would see that in the Catholic Church for example there are many churches that are diminishing.
Others that are increasing.
And I think what we're seeing here is lot of innovation.
Of getting -- people not just the clergy to -- Actually involved in the ministry -- the church I think that's a very good thing another great step that we see in this Washington examiner.
Article I'm gonna put in my FaceBook and Twitter right after this.
Is that 33%.
Of -- Eagles that is young people born after the year 1980.
Are attending church every Sunday.
Now -- we also see that usually people it's attend church -- they get older.
That I think is I'm very hopeful -- hopeful because.
It's always a good thing when young people are searching for spirituality all right what do you think it is -- if you look at the media are so many there's so much anti church.
Television radio and video that there -- and sometimes that's the fault of the church because it is news when a church or clergy member or someone else messes up.
Then that's news it should be report it.
But you know last night I was coming back from our rehearsal.
In my neighborhood lower Manhattan -- second area and the country perhaps SoHo.
And there was this guy who was a homeless guy who is playing golf on the street.
He gave me his.
Cause I took his golf club from -- actually -- -- let's -- -- OK and -- we used little milk cartons along this little Alley.
You match hundred people gathered around.
And I I challenged anyone to try to.
What I'm not cartons into a pocket and that the bet would be.
If you if if -- DG you have to and church every week for four week and a hundred people lining up and I tell you after it was -- a joke that.
But all these people came up to me and yeah these are young Pete -- -- -- -- of church and -- Forty updating you know the church was there are all they need is an invitation or young people they they loved it would but we're -- -- -- got the iPhone.
I dressed like this getting little milk cartons that that was candid camera in the industry -- -- -- The coolest place ever know it's just but the point is just that people are longing.
For exactly right -- wouldn't.
And when they're presented with that in a somewhat normal way you feel -- -- -- -- golf course of the golf club I think that's the name a joke and while not that it could have been ticketed there and agrees to Iraq high.
In the -- -- Bob if.
Yeah that is fast and -- -- RY.
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