Even though the general public gets the idea “Christianity” is about screaming anti abortionists and gay haters, another force has been acting on the faith as well. It is the business of selling books on liberal Christianity.
Through these books, people learn they can interpret the spiritual realm for themselves. That the publishing industry saw this as a money makers a few decades ago has meant people by the millions have discovered independent thinking while reading books in the privacy of their homes.
The downside to liberal denominations is when individual conclusions become the norm , the need for denominations falls. Thus, numbers in liberal denominations have declined.
A similar change is atheism took place. Until rather recently, major publishing houses would not publish books by or about atheism. Perhaps to their surprise, atheist’s books, like those by Professor Richard Dawkins, have been huge successes. The result is the number of atheists is growing.
The book world has, of course, been complimented by the Internet. Both forces allow an individual citizen the opportunity to find information and viewpoints from outside the sealed container of their particular branch of religion.
From the vantage point of Freethinkers, spiritual people finding their individual place in the scheme of things is a great development. When a person finds his/her individual niche of the spiritual world, it’s likely she will not view the niche as one that applies universally to all people and, consequently, the people’s government.
Hopefully, the march of liberal Christianity will continue.