"The expansion of faith-based politics to include nearly every religious group in the country. Back in the 1960s, it was mostly people on the religious left, or in minority communities, who were engaged in politics. Then, in the 1980s, the religious right appeared. What we've seen in the new century, since right around 2000, is that we have both sides, and many other sides besides, all being involved in the process. The Catholic community is very involved; the Jewish community is very involved. The growing numbers of non-Christians in the United States — Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus — all have been involved in politics. We've had a spread of faith-based politics to virtually every community."
John Green, senior research adviser, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
"The huge surge of Christianity in China is a major development that several decades down the road could make the difference between peace and war. If Christianity continues to grow in China, I think relations between the U.S. and China will develop very well. If Christianity sputters out there, we're probably looking at a military confrontation of some kind. The hopes for world peace depend on what happens in China."
Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, WORLD Magazine
"The rapid collapse of Christian consensus against homosexual marriage in North America, including among evangelicals. This trend opens onto a variety of issues: theological method; the authority (or lack of it) of tradition; the power of the ideas of individualism and self-determination; and the impotence of ecclesiastical authorities and theologians to affect the tide."
John Stackhouse, professor of theology, Regent College
"The speed with which the emerging church movement has dissipated, ...