American Christianity is in decline, but there is reason for hope, says Craig Van Gelder, author and professor who spoke this week at Phillips Theological Seminary.

Van Gelder said the vitality of Christianity has shifted to the Southern Hemisphere, where South America and Africa are experiencing a huge resurgence.

“The U.S. church is in the backwaters. Europe’s been there for some time,” Van Gelder said in an interview Tuesday after speaking at the two-day Re-Mind and Re-New Conference.

“These first two decades of the 21st century we’re in the midst of a huge shift; attendance is declining in the mainline churches, and even the evangelical churches and the mega-church movement are peaking,” he said.

“We’re living with a generation that’s been living without God, with no rational need for God. They’re highly spiritual, but they’re not religious.”

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