Responses to the Religion Singularity: A Rejoinder
Darren M. Slade, Kenneth W. Howard
Vol. 1, No. 1
Darren M. Slade, Kenneth W. Howard, Religion Singularity, The Religion Singularity: A Demographic Crisis Destabilizing and Transforming Institutional Christianity, Denominational Switching, Social Memory, Religious Politics, Scientific Reductionism, Christian Judgmentalism
Since the publication of Kenneth Howard’s 2017 article, “The Religion Singularity: A Demographic Crisis Destabilizing and Transforming Institutional Christianity,” there has been an increasing demand to understand the root causes and historical foundations for why institutional Christianity is in a state of de-institutionalization. In response to Howard’s research, a number of authors have sought to provide a contextual explanation for why the religion singularity is currently happening, including studies in epistemology, church history, psychology, anthropology, and church ministry. The purpose of this article is to offer a brief survey and response to these interactions with Howard’s research, identifying the overall implications of each researcher’s perspective for understanding the religion singularity phenomenon. It explores factors relating to denominational switching in Jeshua Branch’s research, social memory in John Lingelbach’s essay, religious politics in Kevin Seybold’s survey, scientific reductionism in Jack David Eller’s position paper, and institutional moral failure in Brian McLaren’s article.