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The Empty Church: Does Organized Religion Matter Anymore

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Examines the current state of American Protestantism and argues that the churches have been co-opted by liberal secular forces.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 7th 1998 by Free Press (first published October 1st 1996)
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Brian Griffith
An argument from the 1990s that the survival of Christian churches depended on clinging to doctrinal and moral traditionalism. For a few decades it seemed that Reeves was right. Then rising numbers of Catholic and mainstream Protestant leaders started returning to a different set of traditions, based on compassion and concern for justice.
David Blankenship
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a lot to commend in this book that is now a quarter-century old. Its main thesis is that 'mainline' churches have lost their way because of the abandoning of orthodox Christian doctrine, which in turn has led to the dismissal of traditional moral behavior. By laying out a mass of both statistics and anecdotes, there's little to argue about with his overall point.

There are two main problems with this book, however. The first is that many of his illustrations are so quick and unrooted fr
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Anita
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Does organized religion matter any more? A study on the decline of mainstream Protestant churches with their left wing, moral relativism problems--very interesting.
Tom
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, theology
As much as I hate to do so, I have to agree with many of the reviewers who commented on the writing style of this book. It is less a thoughtful analysis and more of a collection of footnotes joined together with comments. I do not dispute the author's premise as to why liberal Protestantism is dying. I just wish he wrote a better book. ...more
Katie
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reeves has some good points, but unfortunately the writing in this book is not very good. I skimmed and rushed through, hoping it would get better, but it remained tedious and rant-ish.
Eric
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liberal denominations have lost the message and bowed to culture. ELCA, some Presbyterians
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