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Scientology outshrinks the Southern Baptist Convention

In the Scientology/Southern Baptist Convention faceoff, though loathe to admit it, Scientology is winning the race toward extinction.

Whereas the SBC is apparently doomed by demographics to be the slowly shrinking denomination, declining a fraction of a percent in 2006-2007 after a long run of declining growth rates, American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) data suggests that Scientology is imploding. If you agree that 45% shrinkage over less than a decade is implosion.

ARIS reported that in 2001 there were 55,000 adults in the United States who consider themselves Scientologists. In 2008, ARIS found there were 25,000 Americans identifying themselves as Scientologists.

Tommy Davis, the church’s top spokesman, told the New York Times that the number was “impossibly low.”

Or impossible to survive for long?

January 8, 2010 - Posted by | Cults | , ,


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  2. In your purview and answers to FAQ you state that you are trying to discuss all matters of religion on equal footing, without bias. WHile this is not explicitly stated in your answers I think it is fair to infer that. If this is the case and you agree, why do your posts, much like this one, always have an antagonistic slant agains Southern Baptists? I am not a member of the SBC, but it is hardly objective to lament the fact that SBC is not falling apart.

    Comment by Clark | January 8, 2010

    • An analytical stance is almost inevitably received as antagonistic and we accept that. Our analysis is cautionary, however, not corrosive. Doing harm would require a different approach. In this instance, the tone is ironic and the target of the very real criticism is Scientology.
      Thank you, BTW, for your constructive criticism.

      Comment by baptistplanet | January 8, 2010

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