Death of church greatly exaggerated

Becky Garrison, writing in Religious Dispatches, notes:

The mainstream press has been eager to proclaim the demise of the Episcopal church in the wake of a conservative defection this Winter, but a brief tour of church history reveals that 100,000 Anglicans defecting from the 80 million member Communion is nothing more than a case of the spiritual sniffles.

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ed. note – the 100,000 number is closer to 80,000 and many of them were never in an Episcopal Church or have not been part of the Episcopal Church for many years, e.g. The Reformed Episcopal Church split from TEC in 1873.

Becky Garrison is a Contributing Editor for Sojourners. Her books include The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail, Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar.

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