Grenz and Franke’s Post-Foundationalism and the Religion Singularity
Jeshua B. Branch
Vol. 1, No. 1
Jeshua B. Branch, Religion Singularity, Stanley J. Grenz, John R. Franke, Foundationalism, Institutional Christianity, Nondenominational Churches, Postmodernity
Termed the “religion singularity” by Kenneth Howard, the habitual fragmentation of institutional Christianity has led to the exponential growth in denominations and worship centers despite the annual growth rate of new believers remaining the same. Howard has concluded that denominations are unlikely to survive this crisis, although worship centers are much more likely to survive if they are willing to be flexible. The purpose of this article is to identify the epistemic trends that have led to the destabilization of institutional Christianity over the last century, namely the shifting worldview from modernity to postmodernity, and how this shift has influenced the rise of nondenominational house church attendance in American Christianity.