For these uncertain times, people need something to turn to for hope. It’s not Obama, as it turns out.
In “Praying for Recession: The Business Cycle and Protestant Religiosity in the United States,” David Beckworth, an assistant professor of economics at Texas State University, looked at long-established trend lines showing the growth of evangelical congregations and the decline of mainline churches and found a more telling detail: During each recession cycle between 1968 and 2004, the rate of growth in evangelical churches jumped by 50 percent. By comparison, mainline Protestant churches continued their decline during recessions, though a bit more slowly.
It’s odd that the correlation is between evangelical congregations, as opposed to say, any old religious church. And I wonder if there are any other factors leading to this relationship.