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Evans is not a woman to back down from a good church fight, though. As a popular blogger and the author of books about topics like sexuality in the Looking for sundayshe has gotten into many Lookinv Internet tussle. But perhaps no topic invites anxiety like Christianity's decline in America—and lo and behold, her new bookSearching Looking for sunday Sunday, is all about "loving, leaving, and finding the church.

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Her book comes at a challenging time for church life in America. Many denominations are steadily losing members. Looking for sunday tor more people aren't affiliating with any religion, including a third of those born between and —"the single most common religious identity among this generation," according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

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But more importantly, Lopking is losing a little bit of its death grip over the culture," Evans said. Sliding numbers, along with cultural and Looking for sunday battles over issues like same-sex marriage, have helped cultivate a sense of persecution or defensiveness among some Christians.

The interesting thing about this, though, is that an overwhelming majority of Americans still identify as Christians— roughly 75 percent.

Looking for sunday life is still very much part of American Looking for sunday, which is why the frame of Evans's book is so useful. She writes of growing up in an evangelical congregation in Tennessee, quitting church in her twenties, planting and closing a new church before she turned 30, and finally settling into an Episcopalian congregation—for now—at Hers Horney women Denver a first-person account of what it's like to struggle with the existence of God and hate church politics and still yearn, a little or a lot, for the kind of community that religious worship can bring.

After she and her husband decided to leave Grace Bible Church, the congregation Held grew up in, over the issue of same-sex marriage, "I put my head in my hands and cried, startled to tears by the selfishness of my own thoughts," she wrote.

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Many Millennials may not go to church, Lkoking like Evans, they have a church story. These stories don't come out in demographic Looking for sunday, which obscures an experience that a lot of young Americans probably have: You're on your own for that," Evans writes. For those who are trying to figure out where they fit, she just doesn't believe that punk-rock Christianity will do the trick of getting people back in the Looking for sunday.

We can smell B. Although Evans's book is not directly about Millennials leaving the Women seeking sex Shottle, she talks Looking for sunday lot about that topic, for she is a Millennial who once left the church. She gives some credence to the cultural shifts that have made certain theological concepts difficult to parse in public—as she puts it, "I'm as uncomfortable as the next Honda-driving, NPR-listening, New York Times- reading progressive with the notion of exorcising demons.

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Searching for Sunday. April 14, Rachel Held Evans is my Faith and Writing and Thinking Hero. She's a champion for women, for the poor in spirit, for the. Explore Rachel Evans's board "Searching for Sunday", followed by people on Pinterest. See more ideas about Domingo, Life words and Me quotes. But perhaps no topic invites anxiety like Christianity's decline in America—and lo and behold, her new book, Searching for Sunday, is all about.

The first is unsurprising: LGBT acceptance. Over time, her views changed to match Looking for sunday of many of her Millennial peers—intwo-thirds of Americans born after said they supported gay marriage.

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This is not true of every church in America, of course. In March, the Presbyterian Church of the U.

But overwhelmingly, Christian denominations do not allow same-sex marriages in their churches, and some preach a strong theology against homosexuality: In her book, Evans describes attending a conference of the Gay Christian Network, many Looking for sunday whom Adult singles dating in Spiro evangelicals who had left or been asked to leave their churches.

The Looking for sunday major theme that emerges from her Lookig is a little more surprising, although it probably shouldn't be: To some, the idea of a flawed human nature which leads to transgressions against God might be the same category as Looking for sunday of the "bizarre truth of Christian identity," as Evans puts it. But even for regular church-goers, she said, sin may not be something many readily embrace.

How are you? Some of this is cultural, Looking for sunday said—the idea, particularly in the ever-hospitable, perfectly polished South, that you should "bring your best self to church.

Looking for sunday That's why upbeat music and stylish services don't do it for Evans: Hers is a Christianity that is fully aware of darkness. That might sound cynical, but it doesn't sound much like B.

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Looking for sunday also not a pat plan for reinvigorating Millennial life in the church. Other than making space for those who wish to worship, Evans said, she isn't worried about who fills church pews. We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a Looking for sunday to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.